Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors
28 Apr - 25 Aug|
Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors, curated by Sir John Richardson examines the intersection of Picasso’s bullfighting imagery with his mythological and biographical compositions of the 1930s. Including works dating from 1889 to 1971, this career-long survey traces Picasso’s engagement with the ancient rituals and narratives of his native Mediterranean.
Picasso, though one of history’s most innovative modernists, was grounded in the traditions of his Spanish heritage. Born in the southern port of Málaga in 1881, he was a lifelong aficionado of the drama of the bullfight: matadors, picadors, horses, and bulls were recurring subjects throughout his body of work, from his earliest childhood drawings to some of his final paintings.
Comprised of paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, ceramics, and a home movie Picasso made in 1929, “Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors” is presented in an innovative installation designed by the Stirling Prize-winning architecture firm Caruso St. John, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Richardson, noted Picasso scholars Michael FitzGerald and Gertje Utley, and historian of Greek art and archaeology Clemente Marconi.
Image: Picasso wearing a bull’s head intended for bullfighter’s training, La Californie, Cannes, 1959. Photo by Edward Quinn © edwardquinn.com