Pablo Picasso, Spanish 1881–1973. Reclining woman (Femme couchée) 19 June 1932. Oil on canvas 38.0 x 46.0 cm, 55.6 x 63.0 cm (framed). Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle. Donated by Louise and Michel Leiris, 1984 © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022. Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Bertrand Prévost/Dist. RMN-GP
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The Picasso Century, charts the extraordinary career of Pablo Picasso in dialogue with the many artists, poets and intellectuals with whom he intercepted and interacted throughout the 20th century, including Guillaume Apollinaire, Georges Braque, Salvador Dalí, Alberto Giacometti, Françoise Gilot, Valentine Hugo, Marie Laurencin, Dora Maar, André Masson, Henri Matisse, Dorothea Tanning and Gertrude Stein.

Pablo Picasso, Spanish 1881–1973. Portrait of a woman (Portrait de femme) 1938. oil on canvas, 98.0 x 77.5 cm 116.5 x 96.3 cm (framed). Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle Gift of the artist, 1947. © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022 Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-GP
Pablo Picasso, Spanish 1881–1973. Portrait of a woman (Portrait de femme) 1938. oil on canvas, 98.0 x 77.5 cm
116.5 x 96.3 cm (framed). Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle
Gift of the artist, 1947. © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022 Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-GP

Exclusively developed for the NGV by the Centre Pompidou and the Musée national Picasso-Paris, the exhibition features over 70 works by Picasso alongside over 100 works by more than 60 of his contemporaries, drawn from French national collections, as well as the NGV Collection. Audiences will also have the opportunity to discover a rich selection of works by artists rarely exhibited in Australia, including Natalia Goncharova, Julio González, Wifredo Lam, Suzanne Valadon and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva.

Curated by noted scholar of 20th century painting Didier Ottinger, Deputy Director of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Picasso Century examines the diverse influences, encounters and collaborative relationships that steered Picasso through many distinct artistic periods, such as his Blue Period, Cubism and Surrealism, and draws lines between Picasso’s famous creations and the world around him.

Pablo Picasso, Spanish 1881–1973. Woman reclining on a blue sofa (Femme couchée sur un divan bleu) 20 April 1960. Oil on canvas, 89.0 x 115.5 cm, 100.1 x 127.2 cm (framed). Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle Donated by Louise and Michel Leiris, 1984 © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022. Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Service de la documentation photographique du MNAM/Dist. RMN-GP
Pablo Picasso, Spanish 1881–1973. Woman reclining on a blue sofa (Femme couchée sur un divan bleu) 20 April 1960. Oil on canvas, 89.0 x 115.5 cm, 100.1 x 127.2 cm (framed). Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle Donated by Louise and Michel Leiris, 1984 © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022. Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Service de la documentation photographique du MNAM/Dist. RMN-GP

By exploring Picasso’s career through his personal, artistic and intellectual engagement with his peers, the exhibition provides a unique insight into the artistic legacy of one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated artists, as well as the community of artists from which he emerged.

Fifteen thematic sections organise The Picasso Century, which trace the many distinct periods that shaped the artist’s career over more than seven decades, while also situating his work within a broader artistic and geographical context. Each exhibition section provides a nuanced perspective on a rich century of artistic experiment, in which Picasso stands prominently among many innovators.

Pablo Picasso, Spanish 1881–1973. The violin (Le violon) 1914. Oil on canvas, 81.0 x 75.0 cm, 92.7 x 87.0 cm (framed). Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle Gift of M. Raoul La Roche, 1953 © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022. Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Audrey Laurans/Dist. RMN-GP
Pablo Picasso, Spanish 1881–1973. The violin (Le violon) 1914. Oil on canvas, 81.0 x 75.0 cm, 92.7 x 87.0 cm (framed). Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle Gift of M. Raoul La Roche, 1953 © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022. Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Audrey Laurans/Dist. RMN-GP

The beginning of the exhibition explores Picasso’s formative years, which encapsulate significant artistic developments, most notably Cubism, the development of which Picasso led with Georges Braque. Considered by many the ‘experiment’ that most radically transformed 20th century art, Cubism saw Western art move away from representing likeness and, among many innovations, introduced multiple and simultaneous perspectives into a composition, resulting in the style’s recognisable fragmented imagery.

Pablo Picasso, Spanish 1881–1973. Portrait of a young woman, after Cranach the Younger, II (Portrait de Jeune Fille, d'après Cranach le Jeune, II) 1958. colour linocut, printer's proof, 64.4 × 53.4 cm (block), 76.9 × 57.5 cm (sheet). National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased, 1996 © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022 Photo: NGV
Pablo Picasso, Spanish 1881–1973. Portrait of a young woman, after Cranach the Younger, II (Portrait de Jeune Fille, d’après Cranach le Jeune, II) 1958. colour linocut, printer’s proof, 64.4 × 53.4 cm (block), 76.9 × 57.5 cm (sheet). National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased, 1996 © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022 Photo: NGV

The Picasso Century also examines Picasso’s place within the multicultural crucible that was interwar Paris, and his interaction with other artists and intellectuals including André Breton, Georges Bataille, Aimé Césaire, Alberto Giacometti and Gertrude Stein. The exhibition will be particularly rich with works from Picasso’s Surrealist period, presented alongside works by artists including Kay Sage, Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico and André Masson.

The final sections of the exhibition explore Picasso’s work in an increasingly international art world post-1945 and examines the contested artistic output towards the end of his career. His work of the 1950s and 1960s are positioned alongside later generations of painters, including Francis Bacon and Willem de Kooning.

 Pablo Picasso, Spanish 1881–1973. Reclining woman (Femme couchée) 19 June 1932. Oil on canvas 38.0 x 46.0 cm, 55.6 x 63.0 cm (framed). Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle. Donated by Louise and Michel Leiris, 1984 © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022. Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Bertrand Prévost/Dist. RMN-GP

Pablo Picasso, Spanish 1881–1973. Reclining woman (Femme couchée) 19 June 1932. Oil on canvas
38.0 x 46.0 cm, 55.6 x 63.0 cm (framed). Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle. Donated by Louise and Michel Leiris, 1984 © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022. Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Bertrand Prévost/Dist. RMN-GP

The inevitable question of Picasso’s legacy in the 21st century will be posed through the inclusion of the 2009 video work I see a woman crying (Weeping Woman), Tate Liverpool by Rineke Dijkstra. This engaging contemporary work invites reflection on Picasso’s position as a point of reference for all who seek to understand the history of 20th century art.

Rineke Dijkstra, Dutch born 1959. I see a woman crying (weeping woman), Tate Liverpool 2009 audiovisual installation 3 HD video projectors, 3 HD players synchronised, 3 digital files, 16/9, colour, stereo sound, 12 mins Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle Purchase, 2011 © Rineke Dijkstra Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-GP
Rineke Dijkstra, Dutch born 1959. I see a woman crying (weeping woman), Tate Liverpool 2009 audiovisual installation 3 HD video projectors, 3 HD players synchronised, 3 digital files, 16/9, colour, stereo sound, 12 mins Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne-Centre de création industrielle Purchase, 2011 © Rineke Dijkstra Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-GP

The Picasso Century will be on display from 10th of June until the 9th of October at 2022 at NGV International.

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