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Picasso Retrospective in Zurich (Kunsthaus Zürich)

Picasso Retrospective in Zurich (Kunsthaus Zürich)

G. Rouzeau - 2011-01-10

Zürich’s Kunsthaus will celebrate its centenary with a recreation of the very first Picasso retrospective exhibition in 1932, which was organised by the Spanish master himself. This is a unique exhibition that will only take place in Switzerland.

The very first Picasso retrospective which was put on by the master himself (already in his fifties) took place at the ZürichKunsthaus in 1932. It consisted of 225 paintings completed during the first three decades of a creative lifespan that lasted until Picasso’s death in 1973 at the age of 93.  Picasso himself chose every painting to be exhibited which, in the museum and art world of the time, was nothing short of a minor revolution. There were works from his early youth and works that showed his movement towards surrealism. Each period was carefully represented, with a particular accent placed on cubism and his latest works including a series of portraits of his mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter.
 
Both a tribute to the original retrospective of one of the greatest painters of the 20th century and a celebration of the prestigious institution of the Kunsthaus, the 2010/11 exhibition tells the story of the 1932 retrospective. It also illustrates the impact made in creating the artist’s worldwide reputation. Some very valuable pieces have been loaned by prominent museums throughout the world for the occasion and among the works rarely seen in Europe, is the exhibition’s largest painting The painter and his model, loaned by Tehran’s Contemporary Museum of Art. Measuring 214cm by 200cm, it’s one of the highlights of the exhibits which are displayed in chronological order.
 
In 1932 the attendance was very large and included among the 34,000 visitors was a certain C.G Jung who subsequently diagnosed the painter as a schizophrenic! The exhibition runs until 30th January 2011.
 
USEFUL INFORMATION
Kunsthaus Zürich
Heimplatz 1, CH-8001 Zürich.
From 15-10-2010 to 30-01-2011.
Tel: +41 (0)44 253 84 84
 

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