Exhibition-installation "Anatomy of Cubism" automatic translate
с 30 Августа
по 28 Октября
Главное здание ГМИИ им. А.С. Пушкина
ул. Волхонка, 12
Venue: Main building (hall No. 31)
August 30 at the Pushkin Museum. A.S. Pushkin opens exhibition-installation "Anatomy of Cubism." It will provide an opportunity for the general public to get acquainted for the first time with the history of the birth of one of the main artistic trends of the twentieth century - Cubism (1907-1923) - "probably the most important and certainly the most complete and radical art revolution since the Renaissance", wrote in his monograph " Cubism "British historian John Golding.
The core of the exposition is a notebook with sketches by Pablo Picasso to the "Avignon girls" (1907) - a painting that changed the course of the world art history. Today, a large canvas is a part of the collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and does not leave the permanent exposition. At the Moscow exhibition, more than 60 drawings from a notebook created by the artist in May-June 1907 and stored in the collection of the Museo Casa Natal in Malaga will be shown for the first time.
"Avignon girls" - a work that opened a new era in the history of art. This "voluntarily unfinished" (as Picasso himself characterized it) is a picture-study, a painting-search, working on which, the artist was looking for a different approach to the image of space and perspective, with the help of new expressive means he tried to find answers to questions about the origins of the universe.
Picasso worked on the painting "Avignon girls" in two stages, for nine months, and during this time he created 809 sketches and sketches. Most of them were kept for a long time by the artist himself, and, as the author of the catalog-reason "Picasso Cubism" and one of the main biographers of the artist Pierre Dexs wrote, "Picasso seems to have tried to avoid publicly showing preparatory sketches to his huge canvas, perhaps out of fear to be drawn into a discussion that irritated him to the depth of his soul about the origins of his intention. " A small student’s notebook with priceless sketches for many years was in the collection of Picasso’s heirs, and in 2006 it was acquired by Picasso’s House Museum in Malaga.
"For me art has neither past, nor future." The art of Greeks, Egyptians and great artists of other times is not the art of the past; in our days it can be more vital than ever, "- said Pablo Picasso in an interview in 1923. In support of this statement of the artist, besides the drawings from the collection of the Spanish Museum, the exposition will feature masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, antique ceramics, arts and crafts of the Hellenistic epoch - about 20 works from the permanent exposition and the collections of the Pushkin Museum. A. S. Pushkin. And, of course, this exhibition would have been impossible without African figurines and Picasso gouaches from the world-famous collection of Sergei Shchukin. With the help of a huge installation table, the architects of the exhibition will create "a deliberate and organized disorder that Picasso generates everywhere," as Ilya Ehrenburg wrote in his memoirs of his friend. Collected all together, these masterpieces retrospectively recreate the train of thoughts and associations of Pablo Picasso.
The exhibition will be opened by Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) "Bathing" (1890-1894) from the collection of the Pushkin Museum. "Cezanne! He is our common father, "exclaimed Picasso, and our contemporary, the French writer Philip Sollers called this picture" the gospel of modern times. " "Bathing" - a story over which Cezanne worked for two decades and created more than forty variants, is rightly considered a work that initiated the search for new forms in painting and the gradual abandonment of objectivity.
This unique exhibition will allow the Russian public to see in a new perspective the early work of Pablo Picasso, to comprehend the origins of the greatest avant-garde artist of the twentieth century of Spanish origin.
Marina Loshak, director of the Pushkin Museum. A.S. Pushkin:
This year we open three very important exhibitions related to the name of Pablo Picasso. The first of them is Anatomy of Cubism. We will show the very beginning of the searches, the first experimental steps of the great artist in the field of cubism. This small but unusually interesting, diverse and voluminous exposition will become the prologue to our great "French" autumn. Following it, we will present to the audience an exhibition dedicated to the Paris salon of Baroness Helen Oettingen and the artistic life of Paris in the early 20th century, as well as a large-scale project about the love story of Picasso and his wife, ballerina Olga Khokhlova.
The exhibition was created by the joint efforts of the Picasso House-Museum in Malaga, the curatorial team of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin, which included Surya Sadekova, Anna Klochkova, Nikolai Molok, and architects Nadezhda Korbut and Cyril Ass.