12th October 2019 – 12th January 2020
“Picasso and his legacy in Italian art” is the title of the exhibition that proposes a fascinating journey dedicated to the art of Pablo Picasso (Malaga 1881 – Mougins 1973) and of all those authors who with their paintings and sculptures, starting from the end of the first decades the twentieth century, the period in which Picasso came for the first time in Italy, they acquired a language that is somehow attributable to Picasso’s work
About sixty works, paintings, ceramic sculptures, drawings and graphic works produced in different expressive moments are proposed by Picasso: «Each composition – say the curators Cinzia Tesio and Rino Tacchella – contains ideas, thoughts and, above all, linguistic innovations obtained using unpublished and unprejudiced means and materials, sometimes shocking considering the period. It is in the gesture that Picasso impresses his hidden thoughts, his inventions, his passions for those who stop to look carefully at his works».
Visitors will follow a path dedicated to the journey of the Master in Italy in 1917 motivated by the meeting with Diaghilev, Massine and Cocteau, in order to clarify the ideas on the Parade ballet.
The dance and the theater, so dear to Picasso, will be present in the show with a series of drawings made shortly after the Roman tour. It is precisely in the capital, in fact, that the Master, in addition to appreciating the sight of ancient paintings, classical sculptures and works of past geniuses, meets Balla, Boccioni, Soffici, Carrà, Depero and from which he begins correspondence with Carrà and De Chirico. The chosen place is Caffè Greco: comparisons, teachings and comparisons are born. Italian artists experience, in front of Cubist masterpieces, a strong exaltation given by the new language, modern and akin to Italian futurism.
The word “teaching” introduces the visitor in the second part of the exhibition characterized by over 50 works divided into two sectors: the decomposition of the form and the use of new materials.
With the section dedicated to the “decomposition of form” the exhibition analyses authors such as Sironi, Campigli, Tozzi, Guttuso, Morando, Giulio D’Anna, Birolli, Soffici etc.
Wanting to verify the widening of the linguistic possibilities born from the use of materials and the application of collage we find: the tears of Rotella, Soldati, the material research of Burri and informal by Enrico Baj, up to the experimental tests and of great visual impact of the surfaces of many masters of modern and contemporary art.
The exhibition closes with a section dedicated to ceramics, to the Picasso experience in Vallauris (in 1947 the Master produces, in a few years, on ceramic works) and its consequent influence on the masters who have worked and produced for Albissola.
The exhibition consists of about a hundred works from public collections and private Italian collections and is accompanied by a catalogue that contains the texts of the curators and the colour reproduction of all the exhibited works.
OPENING HOURS: from Wednesday to Saturday from 9.30AM to 12.30PM and from 2.30PM to 6.30PM; holidays from 9.30AM to 1PM and from 2.30PM to 7PM.
Full € 8.00
Reduced € 5,00 (from 12 to 18 years, over 65, university students, groups min.15 people (reservation required)