Indulge in some cultural cultivation on a city break in Malaga, Paris, Barcelona, Marseille and the outskirts of Madrid.
Further to my recent blog rounding up the spring series of exhibitions in Paris, in which the Musée National Picasso Paris is about to launch its ‘Picasso. Sculptures’ temporary collection, I recently noticed another Picasso offering currently on display in the town of Buitrago del Lozoya, Spain. Tying in nicely with another recent blog talking about side trips outside of Madrid, I thought this was worthy of further investigation!
The walled town of Buitrago del Lozoya lies just over an hour’s drive north of Madrid and is famous for its Picasso Museum Collection Eugenio Arias, containing works collected by Eugenio Arias, a former barber friend of this prolific artist. On display at the Municipal Exhibition Hall in Buitrago del Lozoya until April 10th is a small exhibition devoted to and entitled ‘Posters of Picasso’, bringing together 46 original posters belonging to the Málaga-based collector, Francisco Quero. Whilst these posters were commissioned by art galleries and museums and thus not a truly free and independent example of the artist’s creativity, Picasso’s personality comes through and offers an interesting look into his works produced by the medium of lithography and linocut.
In the permanent collection of the Picasso Museum Collection Eugenio Arias meanwhile, you’ll also find several posters signed by Picasso and dedicated to his barber friend as a token of their amicable relationship. If you happen to be enjoying a city break in Madrid and fancy a day trip out to the town of Buitrago del Lozoya, it’s worth avoiding visiting on a Monday as the Picasso Museum is closed.
Maintaining the Picasso theme, I thought this would be a good opportunity to write about a few new exhibitions opening up in other parts of Spain and indeed France. The current exhibition at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona is devoted to ‘Latest Donations and Acquisitions 2010 – 2016’, in which, for the first time, a selection of works, images and documents will be exhibited which are the most representative of the collections received by the museum in recent years. These include a total of 115 works by the artist, 15,871 photographs by various authors, 3,277 photolithographic prints and 24,221 textual documents related to Picasso and the study of his work and his life that now form part of the collection.
At the opposite end of the country in Málaga meanwhile, the Museo Picasso Málaga is preparing to launch an exhibition entitled ‘Eye Games’. Presenting a selection of lesser-known drawings, graphic works, ceramics and illustrated books drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition directs its focus towards one of Pablo Picasso’s essential obsessions throughout his lengthy artistic career, his exploration of gazes, via the mediums of painting, drawing and engraving. The exhibition opens on the 14th of March and runs through the summer until the 11th of September. And if you don’t fancy the exhibition itself, the museum’s permanent collection, containing eight decades of art by Picasso, is pretty impressive, not to mention versatile, in its own right.
From Málaga to Marseille finally and this southern city’s MuCEM – Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée – plays host next month to the exhibition ‘Picasso: a Genius without a Pedestal’. This major retrospective explores how Picasso, well established in his era and attached to his roots, nurtured his influences stemming from the popular arts and traditions. The exhibition opens on April 27th and runs through until August 29th and more details will be available via the museum’s website soon.