Picasso sculptor. Matter and body

Reclining Bather. Boisgeloup, 1931. Original plaster, 26 x 82 x 43 cm. Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, Madrid. On temporary loan to the Museo Picasso Málaga. © FABA Foto: Marc Domage

The body, both as an instrument and as the ultimate goal of representation, is the cornerstone of the first major exhibition in Spain to focus on Picasso’s sculpture. Devised by Carmen Giménez, the Museo Picasso Málaga’s first director, the exhibition will include a careful selection of sculptures illustrating the plurality of styles used by Picasso to explore and broaden forms of three-dimensional representation of the human body. Throughout his whole career, and intermittently in his vast output, the artist was concerned with breaking down the human body into a variety of formats and genres, using all the materials at his disposal in his sculptures: wood, bronze, iron, cement, steel and plaster. This indicates that for Picasso sculpture was by no means secondary in his production, but that he conceived it as a form of expression comparable to painting, drawing, printmaking or ceramics. As he himself said, no art is more or less important than the others, and every language and the different materials enabled him to express different aspects of his creation. Although his sculptural practice became more evident and prolific during his Cubist period, Picasso produced sculptures from the very beginning of his extensive artistic career and devoted himself to this plastic language throughout his life.

Exhibition Works

Pablo Picasso, Reclining Bather, Boisgeloup, 1931. Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, Madrid. Préstamo temporal en el Museo Picasso Málaga © FABA Photo: Marc Domage

Pablo Picasso, Sylvette, Vallauris, 1954. Fondation Hubert Looser, Zurich © Fondation Hubert Looser, Zurich

Pablo Picasso, Personage, Cannes, 1960. Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, Madrid © FABA Photo: Marc Domage