The Picasso sculptures have arrived
The 'Musée National Picasso-Paris' in Paris is presenting its first major international exhibition : " Picasso Sculptures ". This follows on from the " Picasso Sculpture " retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and is being staged here until the 28th August 2016. The intention is to contemplate the artist's sculptures from a different angle through series and variations, casts, reproductions and enlargements all produced from the original sculptures. Featuring over 240 pieces, it is the largest collection of his sculpted work assembled since the Picasso Sculpteur exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in 2000.
Exceptional collections will be presented, such as the series of six 'Verres d'absinthe' (glasses of absinthe; 1914), which will be seen in its entirety for the first time in Europe. Others such as Pregnant woman, Heads of a Woman which were cast in cement and just to be even - handed, Head of a Man.
A video explanation in English from the curator of the sculpture department of the museum is here.
The exhibition comprises fifteen sections arranged over two floors. Unlike his paintings for which I find the curatorship completely unfathomable, his scupltures are shown in chronological order - from the very first models he produced in the 1900s through to the enlarged versions he made from sheet metal during the sixties.
An example of his work is the 'Monument to Apollinaire' which is in room 5. In 1921, Picasso was commissioned to produce a monument in tribute to Guillaume Apollinaire, who died in November 1918. In 1928, Picasso collaborated with Julio González to produce at least four models entitled 'Figure' echoing the Bird of Benin, the artist's double in Apollinaire's short story 'Le Poète assassiné' (The Assasinated Poet) - it has been described as a "profound statue made out of nothing, like poetry and glory." All the projects on display in room 5 were rejected by the Apollinaire Committee !
NB : An exhibition dedicated to Guillaume Apollinaire, 'Apollinaire, le regard du poète' (Apollinaire, the vision of the Poet) is being held at the Musée de l'Orangerie from 6 April to 18 July 2016.
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