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Olga Picasso

26 Feb. 2019 2 Jun. 2019

Museo Picasso Málaga will be examining the life and background of Olga Khokhlova, Pablo Picasso’s first wife, in the first show of its 2019 exhibition calendar. Olga Picasso looks at the years they spent together, putting into perspective the creation of some of Picasso’s greatest works and reconstructing this body of work in the context of a personal story that developed alongside another political and social one. Picasso’s model par excellence, his imagined figure of Olga underwent a metamorphosis during the years of upheaval in Europe between the wars, as their relationship gradually deteriorated. Some 350 pieces will be on display, comprising paintings, works on paper, documents, letters, photographs and films.

The exhibition is jointly curated by Émilia Philippot, conservator at Musée national Picasso - Paris; Joachim Pissarro, professor of art history and director of Hunter College Art Gallery (New York); and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, co-chair of Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, FABA. The exhibition was shown at the Museé national Picasso-Paris from March 21 to September 3, 2017. It will displayed at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow from November 19, 2018 to February 4, 2019, before travelling to Museo Picasso Málaga. The last venue will be Caixa Forum Madrid next September 2019.

The exhibition is organized by Musée national Picasso-Paris and Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, Madrid, in collaboration with the A.S. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Museo Picasso Málaga and CaixaForum Madrid.