Curated by Walter Guadagnini
Opening Tuesday 13 March 2018 18:00-21:00
on view from 14 March to 25 May
There is a magnificent “Guitare” from 1920, a gouache on paper from the Ladislas Szecsi collection, shown at MoMA San Francisco back in 1938, the year after Pablo Picasso made “Guernica,” in the exhibition Galleria Tega now presents as a tribute to the genius born in Malaga in 1881, from 13 March to 25 May. An amazing work on paper that marks the moment of opening to the influence of classicism, and is accompanied by other masterpieces of drawing by Picasso, such as “La Negrita,” a large work on paper (36 x 45 cm) still with a Cubist matrix, made in 1914. This was a crucial year in European history, due to the outbreak of World War I, and it was an important year in the private history of the artist, who saw some of his comrades like Georges Braque, André Derain and Guillaume Apollinaire depart for the front, while supporters like Gertrude Stein and Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler abandoned Paris. Kahnweiler, the dealer who made a decisive contribution to the rise of Cubism and its leading exponent, was the owner of another drawing included in the show, the very beautiful “Nu, homme à la pipe et Amour” from 1969, an ink on paper that sums up some of the favorite themes of the creator of the “Demoiselles d’Avignon,” namely the nude and the relationship between painter and model, in this case seen in an allegorical form. This work is also significant because it is one of the latest in the career of the artist who passed away at Mougins in 1973.
So this is an exhibition that retraces the path of Picasso from the heroic period of the Cubist avant-garde through the moment of reflection on aspects of classicism in the 1920s – also represented in the exhibition by the refined charcoal drawing “Gueridon,” also from 1920, it too part of a prestigious collection, that of Berggruen – to then touch on the moments closer to Surrealism in the 1930s, all the way to the postwar period when Picasso, by then a living legend of contemporary art, came to terms with languages of the present and the past with a freedom that was inimitable for his contemporaries and his successors alike.
In particular, the exhibition presents a series of works on paper on the theme of the nude and the portrait, two of the genres most often explored by the artist, which make it possible to interpret his stylistic evolution, along with the continuity of inspiration Picasso devoted to drawing, engraving and works on paper in general, bearing witness to a commitment that permits us to see these works as true specimens of his finest output.
The exhibition, containing a total of about 20 pieces, will be accompanied by a catalogue with reproductions of all the works and an introduction by Walter Guadagnini that analyzes the importance of drawing in the background and evolution of the poetics of Picasso, from the early years of the 20th century to the end of his life.
Monday – Saturday
10:00 - 13:00 | 15:00 - 19:00