15 Sep Picasso. Between Cubism and Classicism at the Scuderie del Quirinale
From a distance of a hundred years, the exhibition will retrace Picasso’s 1917 trip to Rome and Naples following Sergei Diaghilev’s company Ballets Russes with poet Jean Cocteau and musician Igor Stravinsky. This was the trip during which Picasso met and fell in love with Olga Khokhlova, the first dancer in the company and his first wife.
In addition to those few but decisive weeks spent in Italy – critical in the development of Picasso’s post-war art – the exhibition examines his work immediately following his time there, casting light on his exceptional capacity for experimenting with different styles, from the joyful decorativism of collage-inspired works to the stylized realism of the paintings from the so-called Diaghilev years, from his still lifes with their Cubist leanings to the antiquity-inspired portraits with their solemnity evocative of the classical world.
The exhibition includes extraordinary masterpieces generously loaned from the most prestigious museums in the world, from the Musée Picasso in Paris – a partner in the project – to the MoMa in New York, the Tate in London, the Museu Picasso in Barcellona, the Guggenheim in New York, the Thyssen in Madrid, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Bridgestone in Tokyo, the Berggruen Museum in Berlin and the Fondation Beyeler in Basil.
Because of its monumental dimensions (10 x 16 metres), the immense stage curtain Picasso painted for the ballet Parade in 1917, on loan from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, cannot be displayed in the Scuderie del Quirinale. It is presented under the vault frescoed by Pietro da Cortona in the Salone of Palazzo Barberini, part of the Gallerie Nazionali di Arte Antica museum network.
Pablo Picasso, Deux femmes courant sur la plage (La course), 1979, Musée National Picasso, Paris
SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE
PICASSO. Between Cubism and Classicism: 1915-1925
From September 22nd, 2017 to January 21st, 2018
Sunday to Thursday 10:00 – 20:00
Friday and Saturday 10:00 – 22:30pm
last admission one hour before closing time