The French Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, and the Spanish Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, presented today in Madrid the programme of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death. Around 50 events are planned in different countries. To date, two conferences and 42 exhibitions are scheduled: 16 in Spain, 12 in France, seven in the United States, two in Germany, two in Switzerland, one in the Principality of Monaco, one in Romania and one in Belgium.
Full, inventive and often radical, Picasso’s work is still a real fascination around the world. For its artistic strength, of course. But also for its political strength. It is constantly reviewed, revisited, reinterpreted.” declared the French Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak. She adds: It is this formidable posterity, this double culture, and this still so current work that the Picasso Celebration 1973-2023 intends to explore, question and share with a new generation born in the 21st century, and enable him to discover and understand it in the light of our times.”
The Spanish Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, affirmed Picasso’s artistic heritage and the relevance of his work. If there is an artist defining the XXth There is no doubt that what he represents in all its cruelty, violence, passion, excesses and contradictions is Pablo Picasso,” he said.
In the room of the Reina Sofía Museum, which houses the Guernica, the minister insisted on the celebration of the Picasso year: I am sure that it will allow us to enjoy again, or perhaps for the first time, an art that is still alive. This celebration will also allow us to look at it from a contemporary perspective, helping us to understand through today’s eyes an artist who is still alive 50 years after his death.”
The extensive programme will begin next October, with temporary exhibitions on the painter’s face to be held in various museums across the country, and will continue throughout 2023, the year of the anniversary commemoration, where Picasso has been dead for 50 years. He died in the French town of Mougins on 8 April 1973. This date marks the celebration of his work and artistic heritage in Spain and France, as well as internationally.
42 exhibitions to date
Around 50 activities are planned in different countries. To date, two conferences and 42 exhibitions are scheduled: 16 in Spain, 12 in France, seven in the United States, two in Germany, two in Switzerland, one in the Principality of Monaco, one in Romania and one in Belgium.
The official programme in Spain will take place at Casa de Velázquez, Fundació Joan Miró, Fundación MAPFRE, Casa Encendida, Museo Casa Natal Picasso, Museo de Belas Artes da Coruña, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museo Picasso de Málaga, Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, Museu Picasso Barcelona and Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.
In France, exhibitions will take place at the Musée de Montmartre, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Musée de l'Homme-Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Musée national Picasso-Paris, Musée Picasso (Antibes), Musée Magnelli, Musée de la céramique-Vallauris, Musée Goya; Musée d'art hispanic (Castres); Collection Lambert (Avignon); Musée National Picasso-Paris; Musée de l'Homme-Muséum national d'histoire naturelle (Paris); Petit Palais and Centre Pompidou.
Two university conferences
In addition, two academic conferences will also be organized, an essential meeting point for scientific exchanges between researchers and experts of the artist’s work and an opportunity to produce a historiographic study of Picasso’s work.
One of the conferences will take place at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid this autumn, followed by a major international symposium to be held in Paris from 6 to 8 December 2023 at UNESCO Headquarters.
The conference in Madrid will open the reflection on the context of the first avant-garde Picasso, while the one in Paris will serve as a meeting point for all the offices and agents involved in the celebration (museums, research centres and researchers) around the theme Picasso in the XXIth century: historical and cultural issues», opening to the participation of art historians, curators of exhibitions recognized in the field of Picasso, artists, writers and collectors.
A dissemination and education program will also be developed in close collaboration with the administrations of Malaga, La Coruña, Madrid and Barcelona, cities that have special links with the life of the artist.
All of these events will make it possible to establish a historiographic state of the approaches that make the richness of Picasso’s unique work, while the artist will be discovered, understood and questioned by a new generation of audiences, including students, students, cultural professionals and historians. It is an opportunity to rethink a set of works and the relationship of the artist with his contemporaries, from Madrid to Paris, from Manhattan to Bucharest, from Brooklyn to Luxembourg.
The Executive Committee of the National Commission for the Commemoration of 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso, chaired by Carlos Alberdi, is a space for collaboration between ministerial departments, public and private institutions, as well as people linked to the work of Picasso.
Binational Commission Spain-France
The French and Spanish governments have agreed to work together on an international programme through this binational commission that brings together the cultural and diplomatic administrations of both countries. In close collaboration with the Picasso-Paris National Museum, whose generosity has allowed a wide dissemination of the artist’s works, the binational commission coordinates the joint actions of the French and Spanish Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs.
The official programme of the Picasso Celebration 1973-2023 reflects the actuality of the artist’s work, deepening new aspects of his work.
This binational commission consecrates the career of an essentially European artist who, from a deep knowledge of the heritage and principles of the European cultural tradition, projected universal symbols such as Guernica, today a collective emblem of the defence of human rights.
For its part, Telefónica participates in the acts of celebration in Spain as a partner company.