19/03/202421/03/2027

Pablo Picasso: Structures of Invention

The Unity of a Life’s Work

Pablo Picasso. Paul on a Donkey. Paris, April 15, 1923. Oil on canvas. 100 × 81 cm. Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, Madrid © FABA Photo: Eric Baudouin © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2024

For the seventh time in the museum’s existence, thanks to a close collaboration between the Museo and the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, the works on display in the galleries will be changed in order to show around 150 works of art that together reveal Picasso’s extraordinary ability to create the innovative structures that made him one of the most influential artists of the modern period.

Picasso’s creativity arose from two apparently opposing inspirations: innovation and retrospection, and the interplay of these two concepts defines the creative pathways that enabled him to weave together cubism, classicism, surrealism and his other innovations into the unity of a life’s work. Based on these insights, Pablo Picasso: Structures of Invention. The Unity of a Life’s Work, curated by Michael Fitzgerald, has been devised to involve the viewer in the artist’s creative process and to stimulate our imagination, mapping a new understanding of the work of this great master and creator.

In addition, five “focus exhibitions”, curated by scholars involved in the FABA Research Program, will be placed in the galleries in order to present in-depth studies of issues central to Picasso’s artistic development. These topics will range from his relationship to African sculpture (and include African works from Picasso’s own collection), to his paintings on wooden panels, his return to sculpture in plaster in the 1930s, his responses to life in Paris during World War II, and the huge mural he painted in 1957-58 for the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris.

The installation will thus reveal the coherence of the artist’s output, moving away from conventional interpretations, which have classified it by periods, by displaying works from different decades of his career alongside each other in many of the museum’s galleries. Through this combination of periods and also of techniques —painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing and graphic art— the Museo Picasso Málaga will present connections that illustrate the ways in which the artist’s astonishing creativity was rooted in both his previous creations and his most recent innovations.

The Exhibition

Pablo Picasso. Paul on a Donkey. Paris, April 15, 1923. Oil on canvas. 100 × 81 cm. Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, Madrid © FABA Photo: Eric Baudouin © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2024

Pablo Picasso. Man Seated in an Armchair. Juan-les-Pins, summer, 1925. Oil-modified paint on canvas. 100 × 81 cm. Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, Madrid © FABA Photo: Hugard & Vanoverschelde © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2024

Pablo Picasso. Insect. Vallauris, 1951. White earthenware, thrown (attached elements), incised, painted with slips and oxides, glazed. Photo: Marc Domage © Museo Picasso Málaga © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2024

Pablo Picasso. Woman. Cannes, 1961. Cut, folded, and painted sheet metal. 31 x 19,6 x 11,7 cm. Museo Picasso Málaga. Photo: Rafael Lobato © Museo Picasso Málaga © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2024