2011 EXHIBITION PROGRAMME
Kippenberger Meets Picasso
22 February &ndash";" 29 May 2011 Martin Kippenberger (Dortmund, Germany, 1953 &ndash";" Vienna, Austria, 1997) belongs to a generation of German artists who were devoted to exploring the role played in culture by the artist. Kippenberger died prematurely, and it is only recently that his work has gained worldwide recognition. The exhibition at the Museo Picasso Málaga is one of the most important to be devoted to the German artist&rsquo";“s work in Spain, where he lived in the late-1980s. It was, precisely, whilst a resident of Carmona, in Seville province, in 1988, that Kippenberger became fascinated by the life and work of Pablo Picasso. This deep interest led him to paint the series Untitled (1988), from which selected works will be included in the show at the MPM. Kippenberger became interested in the photographs that David Douglas Duncan took of Picasso in the 1960s. He was struck particularly by several portraits that Duncan made of Picasso&rsquo”;“s wife Jacqueline Roque after the artist&rsquo”;“s death in 1973. These portraits inspired Kippenberger to produce a series of oil paintings entitled Jacqueline: The Paintings Pablo Couldn&rsquo”;“t Paint Anymore (1996), several of which are featured in the exhibition. &ldquo”;“Kippenberger Meets Picasso&rdquo”;“explores themes that both artists shared in common, such as loss, reflection on personal experience in art and the portrait as a genre. Besides illustrating these themes, the exhibition also includes a selection of works from Kippenberger&rsquo”;“s series The Raft of the Medusa (1996), in which the German artist takes the concept of the self-portrait as tragic representation of one&rsquo”;“s own life to extremes. Curator: Eva Meyer-Hermann. After working as chief curator at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Eva Meyer-Hermann has built up a career as an independent curator. Number of works: Around 50 works, including large paintings, drawings and sculptures, as well as a selection of over 60 artist&rsquo”;“s books and catalogues and more than 36 posters designed by the artist over the course of his career. Picasso at work. Through the lens of David Douglas Duncan 20 June &ndash”;" 25 September 2011 David Douglas Duncan (1916, Kansas City, USA) is a photographer who has gained international renown above all for two lines of work: his war photographs from Korea and Vietnam and his portraits of Pablo Picasso in the Spanish artist&rsquo";“s studio. Duncan met Pablo Picasso in Mougins, France, in 1956, during one of his stays in Europe, introduced to him by Robert Capa. From that day on, and until Picasso&rsquo”;“s death in 1973, the pair were united by a close friendship that generated the publication of countless photo reports and seven books that enable spectators to enter the intimate space that the artist reserved for his work, his family and his friends. Through a selection of Duncan&rsquo”;“s portraits from 1956 to 1961, the exhibition focuses particularly on Picasso&rsquo”;“s creative processes over this five-year period. These period prints are accompanied by a selection of some 50 works by Pablo Picasso, pieces that can be easily recognised in David Douglas Duncan&rsquo”;“s photographic emulsions. After its presentation at the Museo Picasso Málaga, the show will travel to the Graphikmuseum Pablo Picasso Mü”;“nster in Germany (15 October 2011 &ndash”;" 15 January 2012) and La Piscine. Musée d&rsquo";“Art et d&rsquo”;“Industrie de Roubaix in France (15 February &ndash”;" 15 May 2012). Curators: Stephanie Ansari and Tatyana Franck, contemporary art consultants. Number of works: Approximately 120 photographs by David Douglas Duncan and a selection of 50 original works by Pablo Picasso. Alberto Giacometti. Retrospective 17 October 2011 &ndash";" 5 February 2012 In Autumn 2011, the Museo Picasso Málaga will present the first retrospective devoted to the work of Alberto Giacometti (Borgonovo, Switzerland, 1901 &ndash";" Chur, Switzerland, 1966) in Spain in the 21st century. In this way, the MPM once more delves into the work of a crucial artist in the 20th-century avant-garde movements. Pablo Picasso himself produced a considerable proportion of his work during the avant-garde period and, in fact, the two artists met in Paris, becoming friends and professing mutual admiration for each other&rsquo";“s work. Giacometti, who began to draw and sculpt at an early age, studied art in Paris, where he came into contact with the leading artists and intellectuals of the day. He experimented with Cubism and Surrealism until, in the 1930s, he rediscovered the figure, above all the human figure, in his quest to represent reality. His elongated sculptures are amongst this Swiss artist&rsquo”;"s best-known works, and it was from these that he evolved towards other works that incorporate the space around them. Throughout this process in his sculpture, Giacometti also continued to paint, draw and write. By the late-1950s he had achieved celebrity status and presented exhibitions in Europe and the United States, enjoying considerable recognition until his death. The exhibition is coproduced with the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti of Paris. Curator: Véronique Wiesinger, director of the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris. Number of works: Approximately 100, including sculptures, paintings and drawings.