Picasso & Khokhlova 17/11/2018 automatic translate
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Главное здание ГМИИ им. А.С. Пушкина
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Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin
National Picasso Museum (Paris)
Almina and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Art Foundation (FABA) (Madrid)
present the exhibition
Picasso & Khokhlova.
Curators: Emilia Filippo, curator of the National Picasso Museum (Paris); Joachim Pissarro, art historian, director of the galleries of Hunter College; Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, co-founder and co-chair of the Almina and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Foundation for the Support of the Arts (FABA) (Madrid); Alexey Petukhov, Senior Researcher, Art Department of European and American countries, XIX – XX centuries, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts A.S. Pushkin.
Pushkin Museum to them. A.S. Pushkin, together with the Picasso National Museum in Paris and the Foundation for the Support of the Art of Almina and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso (FABA), present the exhibition Picasso & Khokhlova. The main heroine of the exhibition is the first wife of Pablo Picasso, Olga Khokhlova. The love story of the Spanish artist and Russian dancer will appear before the audience in the artist’s works, photographs, letters and things from the personal archive of the Picasso family. The exhibition will include both well-known works, and those that have never been shown to the Russian public. The general sponsor of the exhibition was VTB Bank. The project is organized with the support of Mastercard.
The first exhibition dedicated to Pablo Picasso and Olga Khokhlova was held at the National Picasso Museum in Paris in 2017. To the 100th anniversary of the acquaintance of the artist and his first wife, the museum presented the project “Olga Picasso”, which tells about the period of life spent by the spouses together, as well as the influence of Olga and Russian culture on the master’s work. Today, the exhibition takes the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin, known for his large-scale exhibitions by Picasso. The museum’s collections contain works of the artist and unique photographs that Olga Khokhlova sent to her relatives in Russia in the 1920s.
In the Moscow exhibition "Picasso & Khokhlova" more than 200 exhibits - from monumental panels to pieces of furniture, letters and cards. Most of the paintings and drawings are included in the collection of the National Picasso Museum in Paris - the world’s largest center for studying the artist’s work. Another key participant is the FABA Foundation, whose head is Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, the grandson of Pablo Picasso and Olga Khokhlova, for the first time in Russia will show a family collection of unknown works of the master, as well as archival materials found in Olga’s trunk, where they were kept for many years. The study of the archive allowed restoring the history of relations between Olga and Pablo and creating a unique exhibition project.
The exhibition aims to show viewers the work of Picasso in the context of his personal history. The exposition is based on the development of subjects connected with Olga and themes in the artist’s work - from classical portraits and images of motherhood to surrealistic visions. Each topic is covered in one of the eleven sections of the exhibition.
Pablo Picasso and Olga Khokhlova met in Rome in 1917, while working on the ballet “Parade” as part of the Russian Ballets by Sergei Diaghilev. In 1918 they were married in an Orthodox church in Paris. Olga Khokhlova became the first official wife of the artist and the main model of the new, “classic” period of his work. The avant-garde rhythm of works by Picasso was pacified by a general “return to order” in art and life. The artistic style of Picasso changed, and his position in society became different: together with Olga, they now represented secular people, acquiring a new social status. Together with peace and quiet, Picasso’s artwork included epic, monumental forms inspired by classical art. This, the most intense stage of relations between Pablo Picasso and Olga Khokhlova, will be presented in the White Hall of the museum. Here you can see the portraits of Olga, united by two themes - “The Muse and the Model” and “Melancholia”. Part of the exhibition titled "Change of scenery" tells about the social salons, apartments and castles, where the Picasso family spent their time. The section "Maternity" and "Paul" will reveal the home world of Olga, who was completely dedicated to her son Paulo, who was born on February 4, 1921.
In the mid-1920s, the attitude of Picasso to the family changed. New hobbies in life and in art have complicated the relationship of Pablo and Olga. Another was the image of his wife in the works of the artist. This period, which ended with a gap, is presented in complementary thematic sections of the exhibition. The history of meetings with a new sweetheart - in the "Workshop" and "Bathers"; change of attitude to Olga - in "Metamorphosis"; social masks and hidden drama in amateur films in the section "On the screen". The ambiguity of the relationship of Picasso and the women around him is reflected in the plots “Corrid and Crucifixes”, where the artist identified himself with the bull-torero victim, and, finally, in “Eros and Thanatos”, where the works united by the theme of the minotaur - the tyrant and the victim, - The main alter ego master in the 1930s. Picasso and Khokhlova finally broke up in 1935, remaining, however, officially married until the death of Olga in 1955.
Marina Loshak, director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin:
The exhibition is devoted to an extremely important period in the life of Pablo Picasso, associated with his Russian wife, ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova. We present our version of the history of their life together, we tell about the Russian trace in the biography of the master. Together with the viewer, we will go through different stages of this extremely interesting and dramatic history, which not only internally changed the artist himself, but also had a great influence on his art.
Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, curator of the exhibition, co-founder and co-chairman of the Foundation for the Support of the Art of Almina and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso:
The exhibition will present the result of a long study of the archives that Olga Khokhlova (1891–1955), my grandmother on the father’s side, left me, and which allowed me to highlight the years of her life together with Pablo Picasso. I want to share with you this adventure, which for me was the study of the contents of these archives, and the many details that influenced the work of Picasso throughout his life with Olga.
Alexey Petukhov, curator of the exhibition, senior researcher of the art department of European and American countries of the XIX – XX centuries:
The exhibition "Picasso & Khokhlova" reads like a novel about life and art. The audience will be able to mentally get into the performances of the Dygilev ballets, feel the peaceful atmosphere of the new house of Picasso and understand Olga’s sad silence in it, hear the sounds of the children’s games of the parents and their son Paulo, feel the pain of the gap between the spouses, all of whom Picasso experienced in his works.
The exhibition "Picasso & Khokhlova" is timed to the XXXVIII International Music Festival of Arts "December Evenings of Svyatoslav Richter", which will be held in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin from November 30 to December 27. The exhibition will include an educational program included in the “Autumn Picasso” cycle, which combines three projects - the Anatomy of Cubism and Parisian Evenings by Baroness Ettingen exhibitions. Rousseau, Modigliani, Apollinaire, Survage, Fera "and" Picasso & Khokhlova "; and a series of events for people with special needs, prepared by the department of inclusive programs of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin.
After completion in Moscow, the exhibition will be held in the Picasso Museum in Malaga (from February 25 to June 2, 2019) and in the Cultural Center Kaisha Forum in Madrid (from June 18 to September 22, 2019).