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Face to Face. Picasso and the Old Masters

07 Oct. 2021 – 06 Feb. 2022

The Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla (7th October, 2021 to 6th February, 2022) and the Museo Picasso Málaga (22nd February to 26th June, 2022), will be hosting an exhibition in which paintings by El Greco, Francisco Pacheco, Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, Francisco de Zurbarán, Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts, Bernardo Lorente Germán and Diego Bejarano will be displayed, alongside works by Pablo Picasso, in a complicit dialogue that shows the undeniable importance of these painters in terms of the development of the Málaga-born artist’s own revolutionary art.

Face to Face. Picasso and the Old Masters juxtaposes seven works from the Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla with nine others from the Fundación Almine y Bernard Picasso para el Arte (FABA), in an exhibition that showcases the relationship between the Old Masters and Picasso’s own work and his interpretation of history. The Spanish Golden Age painters’ achievements provided Picasso with a series of originals that inspired him both to emulate and transform tradition. Cara a Cara. Picasso and the Old Masters highlights the fundamental importance of Picasso’s relationship with the past: by juxtaposing these 16th- and 17th-century paintings with works by Picasso, the viewer can sense Picasso’s admiration of traditional painting and appreciate the major role the work of the Spanish Old Masters played in devising the radical departures from tradition that were to define 20th-century modernism.

By confronting the present with the past, the exhibition curated by Michael FitzGerald (professor of modern and contemporary art, and Director of the art history programme at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut), highlights the fact that the art of the Old Masters was not only worthy of Picasso’s admiration, but also drove his ambition to surpass his predecessors.

Exhibition organized by the Museo de Bellas Artes, Seville and the Museo Picasso Málaga.