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The Picasso Málaga Museum contradicts the artist’s history: neither blue period nor cubism

The Picasso Málaga Museum contradicts the artist’s history: neither blue period nor cubism

Forget Picasso’s stages. They are history. Goodbye to blue, pink or cubism. There never existed that character with as many faces as we were told. There was only one. Or, at least, that is the proposal made today by the artist’s Malaga museum. «The goal is to create a sense of unity. Another way to show his collection,” says Michael FitzGerald, responsible for the new tour of the Buenavista Palace (Pablo Picasso: structures of the invention. The unity of a work).

His bet is clear: he has decided to “contradict”, he states bluntly, the established norm. The MPM suggests that “Picasso’s process was more complex” than the supposed phases have conveyed. “He did not segment” his work. The curator even relies on the artist’s own words: “He himself said that he moved from one era to another to return at any moment”explains FitzGerald – Kluger Family Professor of Art History at Trinity College in Hartfor, Connecticut.

The proposal from the Picasso Málaga Museum includes, initially, 144 works that are “ambiguous” in style and theme (during the next three years a total of 202 pieces will pass). “They come and go between cubism, classicism or surrealism.” Paintings, sculptures, drawings or ceramics that were part of Picasso’s personal collection “until his death.” «He kept them in his possession throughout his life. They are so important that he kept them », says the curator of this “gift from the family to the museum.” «It is the way in which Picasso could see his early works again and use them for later works. He literally had them in sight. He lived with this mixture of styles and periods to revisit them.

Thus, the exhibition that will last until spring 2027 invites the viewer to follow some of the creative paths that the artist used to intertwine different moments “offering the opportunity to contemplate Picasso as a whole», presents the beginning of an exhibition that, at the same time, includes five «focuses» or thematic sections that address in depth several «especially significant» phases (African sculpture, paintings on wood, plaster sculptures, his art after the liberation of Paris and the UNESCO mural).

But it is the childhood of the man from Malaga that opens the journey: Lola with a doll (the artist’s sister) (1896) He receives the visitor as a sign of his good work at only fifteen years old. In that same room, Maternity (1970) It may give the impression that Picasso repudiates the traditions of his youth, however, they warn, “the subject of the painting, a woman with a child, is fundamental in the tradition of Spanish religious art.” Between one piece and another, a Niño (1960) bronze shows that, in his last years, the man from Malaga often returned to childhood as a symbol of rejuvenation in life and art.

The chronological order is another of the ruptures of this retrospective that seeks to demonstrate that “unity.” Later, Portrait of a bearded manfrom 1895, reflects Picasso’s precocious skill in realistic portraiture and demonstrates his mastery of Velázquez’s stark technique, a branch of Spanish art that he constantly returned to, for example, in Velázquez’s rough features, suit, and floppy hat. man head (1972).