A major Pablo Picasso exhibition at the Royal Palace of Milan
By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - September 18, 2018
The “Picasso Metamorphosis” exhibition – taking place at the Royal Palace – Palazzo Reale in Milan from October 18, 2018, through February 19, 2019 – explores the interest in mythology and ancient art the great Spanish artist developed during his long and complex creative process.
Above: Pablo Picasso, Femme Assise (Seated Woman), 1920 – oil on canvas, 92×65 cm (detail) – Paris, Musée National Picasso – © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) /Mathieu Rabeau/dist. Alinari
Curated by Pascale Picard and comprising about 200 artworks, the exhibition is part of a three-year European exhibition cycle, entitled “Picasso-Méditerranée”, promoted by the Musée Picasso in Paris in collaboration with other international cultural institutions.
Picasso Metamorphosis investigates Picasso’s relationship with antiquity, in its various forms, through six thematic sections in which works by the Spanish artist are presented side by side with ceramics, vases, statues, votive objects, reliefs, and stelae which influenced his art.
The exhibition is the latest event of a program focused on Picasso Palazzo Reale has been developing for decades and that, in the past, included the exhibition of Guernica in 1953, a major exhibition developed in collaboration with the artist’s heirs in 2001, and another major retrospective in 2012.
Palazzo Reale, Milan
18 October, 2018 – 17 February, 2019
Pablo Picasso, Femmes à la fontaine (Three women at a fountain), 1921 – oil on canvas, 50×52 cm – Paris, Musée de l’Orangerie. © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée de l’Orangerie – Paris) /Franck Raux/ dist. Alinari Musée de l’Orangerie
Pablo Picasso, Joueur de diaule assis, (Double Flute Player) 1958 – terracotta, 126,5×125,5×2 cm – Paris, Musée National Picasso. © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) /Gérard Blot/ dist. Alinari
Pablo Picasso, Canard pique-fleurs (Duck flower-holder), 1950-1951 – ceramics, 39,5x40x19 cm. Private collection. Photo: Maurice Aeschimann, 2018
Pablo Picasso, Femme Assise (Seated Woman), 1920 – oil on canvas, 92×65 cm – Paris, Musée National Picasso – © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) /Mathieu Rabeau/dist. Alinari