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Picasso's South. Andalusian References

9 Oct. 2018 3 Feb. 2019

The aim of Picasso’s South. Andalusian References is to illustrate how the visual nature of Picasso's work holds features and qualities, such as austerity or loss of faith, that are similar to those of Spain’s own collective memory and are both tangible in its artistic heritage and present in the emotional expression of a people who have been artistically constructing a cultural identity for many centuries. In the case of Andalusia, it is clearly that of a melting-pot of three different cultures. In an analogy with the path of the sun, as described in textbooks on symbology, the East was associated with birth and new beginnings, whereas he West was linked to outcomes, endings and, ultimately, death. The exhibition also aims to illustrate Picasso’s personal and cyclical intellectual journey from south to north, using the symbolic heritage of his homeland to somehow return to his origins.

The exhibition will bring together around 200 artworks, showing paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic works by Pablo Picasso alongside a significant number of archaeological artefacts from the Iberian and Phoenician cultures and the Greco-Roman period, as well as paintings, engravings and polychrome sculptures by great masters such as Alonso Cano, Goya, El Greco, Sánchez Cotán, Velázquez and Zurbarán.  The exhibition will refer to subjects that form part of Picasso’s iconography, such as the rituals of bullfighting, still life, vanitas paintings, motherhood and religious rites, and his artistic affinity with the Spanish Baroque painters, revealing aspects of his strong identification with, and novel interpretation of the artistic legacy of Spain.

The exhibition includes valuable contributions from institutions such as Musée national Picasso–Paris; Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte; Musée du Louvre; Centre Pompidou; The National Gallery; Museu Picasso Barcelona; Museo Arqueológico Nacional; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; Museo nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza; Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando; Fundación María Cristina Masaveu; Fundación Focus-Abengoa; Fundación Juan March; Fundación Bancaja, Valencia; Museo national d’Art de Catalunya; Museo Nacional Arqueológico de Tarragona; Colección de arte ABANCA; Colección Juan Abelló; Archivo Manuel de Falla; Fundación Rodríguez-Acosta; Museo de Almería; Museo de la ciudad de Antequera; Museo de Cádiz; Museo Arqueológico de Córdoba; Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada; Museo de Huelva; Museo de Jaén; Museo de Málaga; Museo Arqueológico de Sevilla; Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla and a number of private collections. 

The exhibition Picasso's South. Andalusian References will be held at Museo Picasso Málaga from 9th October 2018 to 3rd February 2019, coinciding with the Fourth International Picasso Congress, at which experts from around the world will present and discuss the latest academic papers on Picasso’s work. The purpose of this year’s edition is to explore new ways of understanding the artist’s work, based on research into its historical context and the impact of his work in this context.

Exhibition sponsored by Fundación Unicaja.