Closing of the exhibition Picasso. From the Collection of the Picasso National Museum, Paris
From 18 June to 5 September 2010 a large-scale exhibition Picasso. From the Collection of the Picasso National Museum, Paris organized under the auspices of Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, and Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, was held at the parade halls of the Winter Palace. The exhibition organized by the State Hermitage in association with the Picasso National Museum, Paris, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture and Communications of France was held within the framework of the program the Year of Russia in France and the Year of France in Russia 2010 to continue the tradition of partnership and cooperation in the field of culture and art of two countries. The exhibition at the State Hermitage was held with the support of the Vladimir Potanin Charitable Foundation that is the general partner of the State Hermitage under the program the Year of France in Russia.
6 September 2010 a special demonstration of the Picasso exhibition was held at the Hermitage where the guests got familiar with the exposition featuring about 200 works by the artist, including painting, graphic art and sculpture.
The exhibition Picasso. From the Collection of the Picasso National Museum, Paris is one of the key events of the Year of France in Russia. The Hennessy cognac house is an official partner of the celebration of the Year of France in Russia. Russia and the Hennessy cognac house have a long-term relationship. In 1819 the widowed empress Maria Fedorovna made the first order of two barrels of cognac of supreme quality as a gift for her reigning son Alexander I at his 40th anniversary. The history of the French cognac house in Russia begins with this special order. For almost two hundred years the Hennessy brand means an unsurpassed French fineness to Russian people.
The exhibition is designed in a chronological order, thus allowing its visitors to track the evolution of the creative work of Pablo Picasso, the great artist of the 20th century, year by year, from his early works to philosophical creations during his last years. A wide chronological overview encompassing painting, graphic art and photographs is opened with the Death of Casagemas, a small symbolic canvas of 1901, where Picasso depicts his close friend and the Young Painter made in 1972 a few months before his death. Covering all the periods of his versatile activity and all the fields where the artist manifested his plastic inventiveness, the exhibition from Paris collection fully represents the richness and complexity of the artist's creative search.
The exposition is supplemented with a section specially prepared for Russia.
It reflects an amazing interconnection of biography and creative
activity. In 1918 Picasso married Olga Khokhlova, a dancer from the Russian
Ballets group, whom he met in Rome while working at the Parade ballet.
The images of Olga and their son Paul, born in 1921, are always present
in Picasso's works between 1917 and 1923. This period is represented by a set
of 50 graphic works and photographs mainly originating from Picasso's
personal archive. In particular, it includes projects for arrangement
of Sergey Dyagilev's Russian Ballets Parade (1917), Three-Corner
Hat (1919), Pulcinella (1920), Cuadro Flamenco (1921)
made in cooperation with Leonid Myasin, the great Russian choreographer,
vanguard composers Eric Satie, Igor Stravinsky and Manuel de Falla, writers
Guillaume Apollinaire and Jean Cocteau. In sketches and dummies for the setting,
curtains or costumes these ballets appear at the junction of space,
time and movement as a laboratory for making
The exhibition curators are Anne Baldassari, Director of the Picasso National Museum, Paris, and A. Kostenevich, Senior Research Associate of the Department of Western European Art of the State Hermitage, Ph. D. of Arts.