THE BOTÍN CENTER EXHIBITS PICASSO IBERO AND TRACES THE ARTIST’S TIES TO “PRIMITIVE” ART
The exhibition aims to explore the influence of Iberian art in Pablo Picasso’s oeuvre through more tan 200 pieces. Organised with the Musée national Picasso-Paris and curated by Cécile Godefroy and Roberto Ontañón Peredo, this stimulating, original exhibition invites visitors to reflect on how the discovery of a native, “primitive”, art shaped the artistic language and identity of one of the greatest artists in the twentieth century.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) came into contact with Iberian art in 1906, in the gallery of the Near Eastern Antiquities of the Louvre Museum, where he saw the Cerro de los Santos sculptures (Albacete) and the Lady of Elche, among others. Over the following months, he made a number of works, including sketches, sculptures and paintings, inspired by these monumental stone statues and bronze votive offerings. It was a turning point in his formal enquiries, leading him away from classical representation and paving the way for Cubism.
PICASSO IBERO shows about 100 works spanning Picasso’s career from the days of Proto-Cubism to his final years, while examining his fruitful dialogue with the past, from the developments that led the artist from Rose Period to the works produced in 1908, to the works showing formal or conceptual echoes of Iberian themes, practices or characteristics, introducing his final years and displaying a wide range of techniques and gestures.
This is the first time that this number of archaeological pieces have been gathered for an exhibition, illustrating the diversity of Iberian art by comprising large-scale stone sculptures, bronze artifacts and painted ceramics.