Immerse yourself in the world of a truly remarkable artist at the Royal Academy’s new exhibition, Picasso and Paper.
Featuring over 300 works from the legendary Spanish star, the exhibition explores the artist’s many and varied experiments with the material, from his exploration of printmaking, to his dazzling collages.
Spanning the entire length of his incredible career, Picasso and Paper traces the progress of Picasso’s art as well as how the artist’s use of the material influenced his other work. A collection of letters, poems and photographs, meanwhile, shed light on the artist’s personal life.
Highlights of the collection include several studies for ‘Guernica’ – Picasso’s moving response to the Nazi bombing of the little town during the Spanish Civil War – a collection of Cubist collages, and the preparatory sketches for Le Demoiselles d’Avignon. The exhibition also features a rare documentary, 1955’s Le Mystère Picasso, which shows the groundbreaking artist hard at work.
For Picasso, paper was no less valid a medium than canvas or clay. The artist experimented with the material relentlessly, finding it a convenient way of exploring the depths of his creativity.
This new exhibition at the Royal Academy pays tribute to these experiments, showcasing a selection of the many sculptures and collages that the artist fashioned out of waste paper.
Picasso’s fascination with print making is also showcased with the exhibition featuring many of his finest works in the field. The Royal Academy show also explores the materials the artist used and the techniques that he employed to manipulate them.
Picasso and Paper follows Tate Modern’s 2019 exhibition about the artist, Picasso 1932: Love, Fame and Tragedy. Charting Picasso’s fortunes during one momentous year in the artist’s life – Love, Fame & Tragedy proved a huge hit for the gallery, becoming one of the Tate’s biggest shows of the decade.
Picasso and Paper reopens on the 9th of July 2020 for Friends of the Royal Academy and the 16th of July 2020 for the general public. The exhibition will continue until the 2nd of August 2020.
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