Picasso. From the National Picasso Museum, Paris
On June 18, 2010 a large-scale exhibition entitled Picasso. From the collection of the National Picasso Museum, Paris opened in staterooms of the Winter Palace (the Eastern Gallery, the Field Marshal's Room, the Armorial Hall, the Picket Room, halls of Court Gallery on the third floor – 338-342). The exhibition is held under auspices of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and the President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy, organized by the State Hermitage in association with the National Picasso Museum, Paris, with the support of the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in the framework of the Year of France in Russia and the Year of Russia in France 2010 program and carries on traditions of partnership and cooperation in the field of culture and arts in both countries. The exhibition in the State Hermitage is held with the aid of V. Potanin's Welfare Fund.
The exposition is arranged chronically and allows tracing the evolution
of all works
The exposition includes section prepared specially for Russia. It reflects amazing interweaving of biographical facts and creative work. In 1918 Picasso married ballerina with Russian Ballets troupe Olga Khokhlova whom he had met in Rome while working on the ballet Parade. Images of Olga and their son Paulo, who was born in 1921, appear in Picassoís works at all times between 1917 and 1923. This period is presented with complex of 50 graphic works as well as photos primarily from personal files of Picasso. Particularly it includes sketches for performances of Sergey Dyagilevís Russian Ballets Parade (1917), Tricorn (1919), Pulcinella (1920), Cuadro Flamenco (1921) created in cooperation with Russian great choreographer Leonid Myasin, avan-grade composers Eric Satie, Igor Stravinsky, Manuel de Falla and writers Guillaume Apollinaire and Jean Cocteau. Concerning sketches and scenery models, curtains or costumes these ballets appear at interface of space, time and motion as a laboratory for creating all-embracing art work falling beyond traditional relationships between music, dance and scenery.
The National Picasso Museum, the largest monographic museum dedicated
to works of Picasso, was founded in 1985. It contains
a large number of works granted to the state by artistís
heirs in 1979. They generously gave the state the right
for "initial selection" from among 70,000 works kept
in his different studios to amass an overall collection
that reflects his creative work to the full. Than year the heirs
passed collection of art works of Iberia, Africa and Oceania
from artistís personal collection. With a view to keeping
this collection as a whole, Picasso's heirs also entrusted to the museum
about 200,000 pieces from his personal files, provided inquiring
into his creative work. Upon Jacquiline Picasso's death in 1986,
her daughter generously granted to the state (1990) collection
that enriched especially the section about Picasso's art in the sixties.
Due to two historical passings and
Picasso Museum, since 2008 temporarily closed for renovation, prepared a touring exhibition for showing in several countries of the world.
The exposition in the State Hermitage features about 200 master's
works including paintings, graphic arts and sculptures. Moreover
attendance will see illustrated books, photo and video documents
and sound records from personal files of Picasso as well,
which enriches the exhibition and turns it into striking
event of culture. The displays give entire and adequate
idea of the level and composition of
The exhibition is accompanied by academic illustrated catalogue, the first title in Russia dedicated to the collection from Picasso Museum that reflects full range of Picasso's experiments and searches. The catalogue includes introduction by Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, and Anne Baldassari, Director of the National Picasso Museum, Paris. The authors of articles are Albert Kostenevich, Philippe Saunier, Tom Galofo, Annabelle Teneze.
The exhibition curators are Anne Baldassari, Director of the National Picasso Museum, Paris, and ņlbert Kostenevich, senior researcher of the Department of Western European Art of the State Hermitage, Doctor of Sciences in Art.