Picasso 50th

by Alain Chivilò


Last days for the exhibition which closes the events organized for the fiftieth anniversary of Picasso’s death. Rooms 53 to 55 of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza display the exhibition “Picasso: the Sacred and the Profane”, from 4/10/2023 to 14/1/2024.

Twenty-two works by Picasso out of thirty-eight, between the Thyssen collection and loans from international museums, create connections uniting thirty years of works by the inventor of Cubism with Delacroix, Zurbarán, a sculpture by Pedro de Mena, some engravings by Goya, El Greco, Van der Hamen and Rubens.

Picasso was a unique artist who, through his research, became an art sorcerer who united the past with his own way of creating art. Rituals, myths, places, rites, habits and customs, ethnic, tribalism, paganism, christianity, art, architecture, movements and artistic expressions preceding him become elements capable of defining Picasso’s style that decomposed and recomposed life, war, death, pain, simple representations, violence, sexuality and religion.

Picasso: the Sacred and the Profane curated by Paloma Alarcó aims to put a final point in the celebratory journey since his death, combining appropriation, inspiration and vision of years preceding him in new Cubist worlds.


©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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