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Palais Picasso

January 07, 2016
Every so often, there comes along an individual whose posterity defines not only their generation, but – on very rare occasions – those that follow too. Pablo Picasso – charismatic and artistic genius of almost mythical proportions – was one such fellow. And his legacy is explored at the Grand Palais, courtesy of one of the most ambitious exhibitions the Beaux-Arts beauty has ever staged, Picasso.mania.

Organised by the Grand Palais, the Centre Pompidou and the Musée Picasso, the exposition examines three key moments of the Spaniard’s career: Cubism; the emblematic works Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica; and the ‘mania’ of his final years.

It also presents pieces by 78 other contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers, musicians and even advertising campaigns, and uses his works to frame them. All have been, or continue to be, influenced by Picasso.
Among those on display include David Hockney – whose Polaroid montages echo the fragmentation of Cubism – and controversial creative George Condo, who has 17 paintings adorning the walls of the last room, the frantic eroticism of which reflect Picasso’s figurative later work.

Of course, the major draw here is the man himself. His boundary breaking and era exemplifying oeuvre is notable not only for its excellence, but also its evolution. It soon becomes evident that the C.20th would have looked rather different without him.

Until 29 Feb, 2016.

3 ave du Général Eisenhower, 8th / +33 1 44 13 17 17 / 10am-8pm Mon, Thu, Sun, till 10pm Wed, Fri, Sat /