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PICASSO, « A GENIUS WITHOUT A PEDESTAL »

PICASSO AND POPULAR ARTS AND TRADITIONS

At the MuCEM J4

From 27 April to 29 August 2016

MuCEM J4 – Level 2 – 1150 m²

 

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION

 

General Commissioners:

Joséphine Matamoros, Chief Curator of Heritage, former Director of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Céret, Director of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Collioure

Bruno Gaudichon, Chief Curator of Heritage, Curator of La Piscine- Musée d’Art et d’Industrie André Diligent in Roubaix

Emilie Girard, Curator of Heritage, Director of the Centre for Conservation and Resources of the MuCEM

Scenography: Jacques Sbriglio, Architect, Scenographer

 


 

Art obliges the artist not to keep himself apart; it subjects him to the most humble and the most universal truth. That is why true artists scorn nothing…”

Albert Camus. From his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature, delivered in Oslo, Sweden on 10 December 1957.

 

From 27 April to 29 August 2016, the MuCEM presents a major exhibition of 270 works demonstrating how Picasso, both established in his era and attached to his roots, nurtured his influences stemming from the popular arts and traditions. The exhibition itinerary, divided into four parts, mirrors the artist’s masterpieces with reference-objects from the rich collections of the MuCEM. Benefiting from exceptional loans and support from public and private collections, both French and international, including a rich partnership with the Musée National Picasso-Paris, the exhibition brings together essential and iconic works, placed in perspective with surprising discoveries.

 

After evoking the sacred aspects of these primarily Spanish sources, the exhibition highlights how the artist drew inspiration from his memories. The themes and motifs, reoccurring memories in Picasso’s work, are thus illustrated by examples that represent his particular fascinations with the worlds of adornment (Jacqueline with Mantilla), music, the circus (Blue Acrobat), bullfighting (Bull’s Head), and toys.

 

The exhibition is built around Picasso’s encounters with various artisans, whose established expertise nourished his own experience and research. Thus the artist made successive incursions into the domains of woodworking (Paco Durrio), ceramics (Suzanne and Georges Ramié at the studio Madoura), silversmithing (François Hugo), linocutting (Hidalgo Arnera), filmmaking (Robert Picault), textiles (Marie Cuttoli), and sheet-metal (Lionel Prejger).

 

His utilisation of the everyday in its most prosaic (discarded items), but also most personal dimensions is expressed by a very beautiful group of constructions or assembled sculptures (Baboon and Young) where the gleaned objects and recycled materials are easily recognised.

 

Twentieth century art often toyed with its origins to construct a new relationship with the world. Picasso’s roots were multiple. Among these foundations, the environment of his childhood was very fertile ground. The everyday objects that Georges Henri Rivière honoured in the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires, which he founded in 1937, infinitely influenced the affective and aesthetic background of the artist. The collections of the MuCEM that punctuate this exhibition itinerary were chosen from those acquired by Georges Henri Rivière, like so many echoes of the work of Picasso. With this knowledge at once intimate and universal, Picasso asserted himself as the true signal of a new popular culture.

 

 


 

With the generous support of the Musée National Picasso-Paris

 

With support from the La Fondation PwC France et Afrique Francophone pour la Culture et la Solidarité, founding sponsor of the MuCEM

 
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Place: J4 | J4 - level 2

Type of audience:

Universal

Opening days and hours:

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Last admission 45 minutes before museum closing.

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> Hours reserved for groups: 9:00 – 11:00. (Except from 4 July to 31 August.) Reservations required.

 


 

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Fort Saint-Jean lower entrance: 201, quai du Port.

Panier entrance: Square of Église Saint-Laurent.

J4 entrance: 1, esplanade du J4.

 

Metro Vieux-Port or Joliette.

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Bus 82, 82s, 60, Stop: Fort Saint-Jean / nightline 582.

49 Église Saint-Laurent

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THE EXHIBITION CATALOGUE : Picasso and Popular Arts and Traditions

 

A collective work, under the direction of Bruno Gaudichon, Chief Curator of Heritage, and Joséphine Matamoros, Chief Curator of Heritage.

With contributions from:

Jacques Durand, Clare Finn, Philippe Forest, Émilie Girard, Cécile Godefroy, Salvador Haro González, Brigitte Léal, Teresa Ocaña, Virginie Perdrisot, Eduard Vallès, and Sylvie Vautier.

 


 

The catalogue of the exhibition Picasso and Popular Arts and Traditions offers a new reading of Picasso’s work by examining in detail the way that Picasso appropriated artisanal know-how and the traditional themes of Spanish popular culture. Specialists of the different worlds he explored, from the circus to bullfighting, via flamenco, explain how he used, revived or even participated in their development. Two previously unpublished interviews, with Claude Picasso and Lionel Prejger, complete the narratives of Picasso’s collaborations with the best artisans of his era. They reveal encore the genius of the artist, who was able to venerate the crafts and erase, in his own work, the persistent border, separating them from the fine arts.

 

Co-edition MuCEM / Gallimard

21 x 28 cm - 288 pages - blunt binding - 300 illustrations

35 € Tax included

ISBN: 978-2-07-017868-1

Publication: 22 April 2016

 


 

The bookstore – boutiques in the J4 is open everyday

(except Tuesday) during opening hours of the MuCEM.

[DOSSIER PEDAGOGIQUE] Picasso

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[AUDIOGUIDE] PICASSO

Audioguide disponible en français et anglais.

 

Tarif unique de location 2€

 

Disponible aux points billetterie du MuCEM (J4 et fort Saint-Jean)

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PICASSO, « A GENIUS WITHOUT A PEDESTAL »

At the MuCEM J4

From 27 April to 29 August 2016

MuCEM J4 – Level 2 – 1150 m²

 

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION

 

General Commissioners:

Joséphine Matamoros, Chief Curator of Heritage, former Director of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Céret, Director of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Collioure

Bruno Gaudichon, Chief Curator of Heritage, Curator of La Piscine- Musée d’Art et d’Industrie André Diligent in Roubaix

Emilie Girard, Curator of Heritage, Director of the Centre for Conservation and Resources of the MuCEM

Scenography: Jacques Sbriglio, Architect, Scenographer

 


 

Art obliges the artist not to keep himself apart; it subjects him to the most humble and the most universal truth. That is why true artists scorn nothing…”

Albert Camus. From his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature, delivered in Oslo, Sweden on 10 December 1957.

 

From 27 April to 29 August 2016, the MuCEM presents a major exhibition of 270 works demonstrating how Picasso, both established in his era and attached to his roots, nurtured his influences stemming from the popular arts and traditions. The exhibition itinerary, divided into four parts, mirrors the artist’s masterpieces with reference-objects from the rich collections of the MuCEM. Benefiting from exceptional loans and support from public and private collections, both French and international, including a rich partnership with the Musée National Picasso-Paris, the exhibition brings together essential and iconic works, placed in perspective with surprising discoveries.

 

After evoking the sacred aspects of these primarily Spanish sources, the exhibition highlights how the artist drew inspiration from his memories. The themes and motifs, reoccurring memories in Picasso’s work, are thus illustrated by examples that represent his particular fascinations with the worlds of adornment (Jacqueline with Mantilla), music, the circus (Blue Acrobat), bullfighting (Bull’s Head), and toys.

 

The exhibition is built around Picasso’s encounters with various artisans, whose established expertise nourished his own experience and research. Thus the artist made successive incursions into the domains of woodworking (Paco Durrio), ceramics (Suzanne and Georges Ramié at the studio Madoura), silversmithing (François Hugo), linocutting (Hidalgo Arnera), filmmaking (Robert Picault), textiles (Marie Cuttoli), and sheet-metal (Lionel Prejger).

 

His utilisation of the everyday in its most prosaic (discarded items), but also most personal dimensions is expressed by a very beautiful group of constructions or assembled sculptures (Baboon and Young) where the gleaned objects and recycled materials are easily recognised.

 

Twentieth century art often toyed with its origins to construct a new relationship with the world. Picasso’s roots were multiple. Among these foundations, the environment of his childhood was very fertile ground. The everyday objects that Georges Henri Rivière honoured in the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires, which he founded in 1937, infinitely influenced the affective and aesthetic background of the artist. The collections of the MuCEM that punctuate this exhibition itinerary were chosen from those acquired by Georges Henri Rivière, like so many echoes of the work of Picasso. With this knowledge at once intimate and universal, Picasso asserted himself as the true signal of a new popular culture.

 

 


 

With the generous support of the Musée National Picasso-Paris

 

With support from the La Fondation PwC France et Afrique Francophone pour la Culture et la Solidarité, founding sponsor of the MuCEM

 
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