Tate Modern is bringing together Picasso’s greatest works in a landmark exhibition for both the artist and gallery
Words Helen Brown
Even by his own standards 1932 was an extraordinary year for Picasso. During this year – touted his ‘year of wonders’- his paintings had reached a whole new peak and he cemented his status as one of the twentieth century’s most influential artists. In the first solo exhibition of Picasso’s work ever to be held at Tate Modern, and one of the most significant the gallery has ever staged, Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy will take visitors on a month-by-month journey through this pivotal period in the artist’s life and work.
More than 100 outstanding paintings, sculptures, and works on paper will be exhibited, including the never-before-displayed Le Rêve (The Dream), a portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter. The exhibition will demonstrate the restlessly inventive character of Picasso and strip away common myths to reveal the artist in his full complexity and richness.
Achim Borchardt-Hume, who curates the show, told the Independent, “ “This exhibition will invite you to get close to the artist, to his ways of thinking and working, and to the tribulations of his personal life at a pivotal moment in his career. By showing stellar loans from public and private collections in the order in which they were made, this exhibition will allow a new generation to discover Picasso’s explosive energy, while surprising those who think they already know him.”
Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy will be at the Musée National-Picasso, Paris from 10 Oct 2017 to 11 Feb 2018 and at Tate Modern from 8 March to 9 Sept 2018.