Eleven Invited works
n the Permanent Collection on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Museo Picasso Málaga
Cézanne, Courbet, Degas, Gris, González, Ingres, Manet, Matisse, Renoir, Rodin and the workshop of Pheidias. To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, from 26th October 2013 to 23rd February 2014 Museo Picasso Málaga is bringing together a selection of the Great Masters of art. Over the next four months, their work will, exceptionally, become part of the discourse of the gallery&rsquo";“s permanent collection, to show the influences, affinities and proximities of Pablo Picasso&rsquo”;"s work alongside that of these great artists who, each in their own way, were linked with his career.
Museo Picasso Málaga has organized the exhibition in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, in Paris";" Musée National d&rsquo";“Art Moderne/Centre de création industrielle”;" Musée du Louvre";" Musée de l&rsquo";“Orangerie”;" Musée d&rsquo";“Orsay”;" Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris";" Musée des moulages de l&rsquo";“Université Lumiè”;“re Lyon 2”;" Direction Générale des Patrimoines and the Service des Musées de France.
A portrait in oil of his sister, Marguerite, by Edgar Degas (1834-1917), is the first on the itinerary of Eleven Invited Works, in Room I. With the rest of the works in the room, it sets up a singular interplay of gazes. The exhibition continues in Room II, with a plaster cast of Demeter, the Greek mother goddess. Taken from a 5th-century AD sculpture by the workshop of Pheidias, it is a reference to the influence of Greco-Roman art on Pablo Picasso&rsquo";"s work.
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is the guest artist in Room III, with a bronze sculpture entitled The Man with a Broken Nose (1865), shown next to Pablo Picasso&rsquo";"s Picador with a Broken Nose (1903). In Room IV, a still life painted in 1925 by Juan Gris (1887-1927) is juxtaposed the works by Picasso of his Cubist venture.
In Room V, Odalisque with Red Culottes (1924-25) by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) reclines against an ornate background. In Room VI, Three Bathers by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) can be compared to the one painted by the Malaga-born artist in 1971.
Julio González (1876-1942) and Pablo Picasso shared an interest in iron soldering techniques, and this can be seen in both artists&rsquo";" sculptures. An example can be seen in Room VII of the Palacio de Buenavista. Next, in Room VIII, which is devoted to female figures, there is an oil painted in 1851 by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867). It alludes the moment when, guided by Cupid, Jupiter discovers Antiope resting naked on the grass.
In Room IX, the guest is Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), with his work Bust of Coco (1908), a bronze portrait of his eldest son as a child. This is shown next to the portrait Picasso painted of his own eldest child, Paulo, in the early 1920s. In Room X, an oil painting by Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) is on display. It is the portrait of his sister, Zélie, which highlights the way an artist&rsquo";“s close circle is depicted in their work, as it was in Picasso&rsquo”;“s. This exceptional display ends in Room XI, with a bullfight scene in oils by É”;"douard Manet (1832-1883), which hangs alongside other works by Picasso that are associated with the bull.
An Open Proposal Together, Eleven Invited Works make up an open proposal that provides visitors with specific clues and key information on the artists on display. This is the third and last of the exhibitions held to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Museo Picasso Málaga in 2013, and which have been aimed at showcasing the family-based origins of this art museum.
The first of these exhibitions, Picasso of Malaga. Earliest Works (25th February &ndash";" 9th June), examined the artist&rsquo";“s genealogical and aesthetic origins. Next, Pablo Picasso. Family Album (24 June - 6 October), explored his close family circle, where he portrayed the family that he had formed as an adult. Eleven Invited Works (26th October 2013 &ndash”;" 23rd February 2014) pays tribute to his intellectual family, that is to say, the artists who influenced him in some way during his career - particularly during his life in France. It was above all during that period that Picasso met and mixed with them and got to know their work better, and where he was able to see it first-hand, in French museums and at the artists&rsquo";" own studios.
This exhibition is also the result of collaboration with a number of French museums. It is thanks to their contributions and loans that is has been possible for this exceptional exhibition to be seen here in Malaga: the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d&rsquo";“art moderne/Centre de création industrielle”;" Musée du Louvre";" Musée de l&rsquo";“Orangerie”;" Musée d&rsquo";“Orsay”;" Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris";" Musée des Moulages de l&rsquo";“Université Lumiè”;“re Lyon 2”;" Direction générale des patrimoines, and Service des musées de France.
The book and the French museums area In addition to the exhibition, an information point has been set up in the MPM Reading room where you can find out more about the holdings, work and activities of France&rsquo";“s top museums. Books, catalogues, websites and videos provide a look at iconic institutions such as Musée du Louvre, Musée d&rsquo”;"Orsay and Centre Pompidou.
MPM has also published a dual edition in Spanish and English of a book that put the guest works and artists into context. The small size of the book is inspired by the tenth edition of Les Peintres Cubistes: Méditations Esthétiques, by Guillaume Apollinaire, published in 1913.
For the duration of the exhibition MPM&rsquo";"s free guided tours, Getting to Know the Collection, will also include the Eleven Guest Works (Tuesdays at 6.00pm and 7.00pm, Wednesdays at 11.30am and Saturdays at 1.00pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm).
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Eleven Invited Works
The Permanent Collection