Picasso - Transfigurations, 1895-1972

Hungarian National Gallery (22 April 2016 - 31 July 2016)
Budapest, Magyar Nemzeti Galéria
Boasting a hundred paintings, drawings, sculptures and other artworks, this exhibition embraces every period of Picasso's career, paying particular attention to the constant transfigurations in his portrayal of the human figure.
Most of the exhibited works have been generously loaned by the Musée national Picasso-Paris, which, with some 5000 works, preserves the largest Picasso collection in the world.
 
Visitors of the show are invited to take an informal journey through Picasso's distinctive creative method, focusing on the series he produced, his recurring motifs, and the landmark moments of breakthrough. The central theme is the evolution of Picasso's approach to figural depiction as he progressed through a career in art that spanned more than seven decades.

Pablo Picasso: Olvasó nő, 1932 © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris)/René-Gabriel Ojéda
 Pablo Picasso: Olvasó nő, 1932 © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris)/René-Gabriel Ojéda
In every period, the most prominent role was played by the human form, whether in the shape of the woman, the sensitive and passionate human, the thinker, the artist, the socio-political player, or the élite star. The changes in the way Picasso modelled his figures reveal the very essence of his art: his incessant innovation of form can be traced through his paintings - which make up the lion's share of the exhibition - as well as his prints and drawings, his sculptures and ceramics, and his film and photography. 

Pablo Picasso: Akrobata, 1930 © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris)/René-Gabriel Ojéda
 Pablo Picasso: Akrobata, 1930 © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris)/René-Gabriel Ojéda
The vast majority of the artworks on show - 74 in all - have come from the collection of the Musée national Picasso-Paris. These are supplemented by selected masterpieces kindly loaned by other major global museums. The exhibition catalogue - published in Hungarian and in English - contains essays by eminent French and Hungarian scholars, who offer a variety of perspectives on Picasso's artistic method.
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