The “Donner à voir” retrospective focuses on 14 key dates and features about 100 paintings to present the journey of one of the XXth
century’s greatest artists. It highlights the transformations of an artist in a perpetual quest for change.
“What’s interesting with Picasso is his never-ending innovation.” For Stanislas Colodiet, heritage conservator at the Fabre museum and co-curator of the exhibition “Picasso. Donner à voir.”
This major retrospective features about one hundred milestone works – paintings, sculptures, engravings and preparatory drawings – including several masterpieces. The exhibition offers a general overview of Picasso’s evolution, from the prime of his youth up until shortly before his death, focusing on fourteen intense creative moments in two overlapping periods from 1895 to 1972.
“Picasso had assimilated the entire history of painting at a very early age. He is almost always presented in successive periods, one after the other,” points out Stanislas Colodiet. “This exhibition seeks to show his transformations, with works created in a given year demonstrating his evolution from one style to the next.”
In order to approach the prolific creativity of the “metamorphic artist
” and organize the “Picasso continent,
” a term used to present Picasso by Michel Hilaire, director of the Fabre museum and curator of the exhibition, the team had to “dig through an ocean of 70,000 works covering all the artist’s techniques.
In the mind of the Master
The exhibition’s very original scenography enables visitors to understand the incredible diversity of Picasso’s body of work as well as its consistency. Major works were lent by the National Picasso-Paris Museum, as well as by major American and European museums. Three masterpieces were lent by David Nahmad, one of the world’s largest collectors. On display for the first time: the Vollard suite, a series of one hundred etchings created from 1930 to 1937, owned by the Fabre museum.
“It brings us so close to the master’s mind,
” states Stanislas Colodiet.
Designed as part of the “Picasso Season” taking place across 70 institutions in 9 countries, this retrospective is being shown exclusively in Montpellier and is the only one to cover Picasso’s entire and exceptional artistic career.
You only have a few days left to discover or rediscover this exhibition, which has already attracted over 100,000 visitors.Caption:Pablo Picasso, Harlequin musician, 1924, oil on canvas, 130 x 97.2 cm, Washington, National Gallery of Art, Given in loving memory of her husband, Taft Schreiber, by Rita Schreiber, 1989.31.2, photo © Succession Picasso 2018 (INSTRUCTIONS : The format for reproduction must be less than a quarter of a page. No changes in color, outlining, cropping, or text or image superimposition are allowed. The work must be reproduced in its entirety.)