"Picasso - Transfigurations, 1895-1972" exhibition in Budapest
It shows among others The Barefoot Girl Picasso painted at the age of 14, as well as a piece he painted in 1972, just a year before he died, he said.
Visitors to the show are invited to take an informal journey through Picasso's distinctive creative method, focusing on the series he produced, his recurring motifs, and the landmark moments of breakthrough. The central theme is the evolution of Picasso's approach to figural depiction as he progressed through a career in art that spanned more than seven decades. In every period, the most prominent role was played by the human form, whether in the shape of the woman, the sensitive and passionate human, the thinker, the artist, the socio-political player, or the élite star. The changes in the way Picasso modelled his figures reveal the very essence of his art: his incessant innovation of form can be traced through his paintings - which make up the lion's share of the exhibition - as well as his prints and drawings, his sculptures and ceramics, and his film and photography.
The vast majority of the artworks on show - 74 in all - have come from the collection of the Musée national Picasso-Paris. These are supplemented by selected masterpieces kindly loaned by other major, global museums: The Israel Museum of Jerusalem, the Beyeler Foundation of Basel, the Kunstmuseum Bern, the Pushkin Museum of Moscow and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. Visitors can also see three paintings from the Ludwig Museum of Budapest, and an exquisite selection of etchings from the Collection of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.
The exhibition catalogue - published in Hungarian and in English - contains essays by eminent French and Hungarian scholars, who offer a variety of perspectives on Picasso's artistic method. The catalogue covers all the works displayed, and is the first publication to print the documents in the Parisian museum archive that are connected with Hungary.
Curator of the exhibition: Emilie Bouvard (Musée national Picasso-Paris), co-curator: Ferenc Tóth (Museum of Fine Arts of Budapest)
The first time Budapest hosted a Picasso exhibition was in 1910, said Baan, adding the current one will run until July 31.
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