The Picasso Century is the latest Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibit at the NGV, on show from June 10 until October 9, 2022. The exhibition explores the seventy-year career of Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, as well as the contemporaries he interacted and collaborated with.
The exhibit is organised into twelve thematic sections, tracing the artist’s distinct style periods alongside the broader context of his life. Beginning with Picasso’s formative years, visitors can experience how his artistic sense developed, captured significantly in his pioneering works of Cubism. This pivot in the art world away from realism and towards abstract, multi-perspective, and fragmented works began here, with Picasso and Georges Braque. From Cubism to Surrealism and from his later works to his legacy, the many forms Picasso’s art took throughout his life are accompanied by the contemporaries with whom the artist held a dialogue.
The Picasso Century was developed exclusively for the NGV and curated by Didier Ottinger, the Deputy Director of the Musée national d’art modern, Centre Pompidou, and scholar of twentieth-century art. With works collated from the Centre Pompidou and the Musée national Picasso-Paris, the exhibit showcases over 80 of the artist’s works alongside more than 100 works by over 50 of his contemporaries, such as Salvador Dalí, Kay Sage, Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, and Max Ernst.
The National Gallery of Victoria always provides exceptional exhibits during Melbourne’s winter months, and this year is no exception. Anyone who enjoys twentieth-century art – or art history in general – will find immense interest in The Picasso Century, and with tickets costing up to $30, this exploration of Pablo Picasso’s career is extremely accessible. The exhibition is on show until October 9 at NGV International.
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