Pablo Picasso’s life and work is celebrated at Palazzo Strozzi with an exhibit called Picasso and Spanish Modernity. Showcased are ninety works by Picasso and those twentieth-century Spanish artists over whom he had a profound influence, including Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Maria Blanchard and Julio González.
The exhibition is divided into nine sections spanning the period from 1910 through to 1963, and consists of paintings, drawings, sculptures, engravings, and a film by José Val del Omar.
Drawn from Madrid’s Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, many of the works on display have never been shown outside of Picasso’s homeland. The exhibition features a variety of famous works including Picasso’s Woman’s Head (1910), Portrait of Dora Maar (1939) and The Painter and the Model (1963); Miró’s Siurana, the Path (1917) and Figure and Bird in the Night (1945); and Dalí’s Arlequin (1927).
A highlight of the exhibition comprises a selection of preparatory drawings of the famous Guernica (1937). In these sections, the visitor may extract a greater understanding of the symbolism behind Picasso’s work and reflect on the artistic journey that led him towards one of his most celebrated masterpieces.
With his experimental style and innovative approach to art, Picasso produced a range of radical works, found in the Variations section. Another theme explored in the exhibition is that of surrealism, an artistic form to which Picasso and Dali made great contributions, as well as the relationship between nature and culture, which is displayed through the works of Alberto Sánchez, Óscar Domínguez, and Eduardo Chillida.
Picasso and Spanish Modernity
Until January 25, 2015
Mon-Fri: 9 a.m – 1 p.m.; 2–6 p.m.
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