The Calder-Picasso exhibition was seen by 96,024 people. It was the first time a museum had explored the creative links between two of the most innovative masters of 20th century art: American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and Málaga-born Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).

Between 24th September and Sunday, 2nd February, a total of 96,024 people visited the Calder-Picasso exhibition at Museo Picasso Málaga. With over 100 artworks, the exhibition examined an essential and specific connection between the two artists: their exploration of the void or the absence of space. Calder-Picasso was very well received by art critics in both the Spanish and international media. Organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, New York, and Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte (FABA) and jointly produced by Museo Picasso Málaga and the Musée national Picasso-Paris, the exhibition was sponsored by Fundación Unicaja, and had the collaboration of Erco. As is customary, MPM organized a broad range of educational and cultural activities around the exhibition, with talks, workshops, guided tours and, on this occasion, contemporary dance. The first edition of the Calder-Picasso catalogue sold out, and a second edition had to be published. This can now be bought from the museum’s bookshop.

Coming soon: Genealogies of Art, or the History of Art as Visual Art

Devised and organized by Museo Picasso Málaga and Fundación Juan March, MPM’s next exhibition will look at ways of visually telling the history of art, or, in other words, representing art history by using images and/or words as opposed to the prevailing classical academic method involving lengthy texts.

The exhibition brings together 280 authors and artists related to visual thinking, and ranges from 17th-century genealogical trees to virtual diagrams on the internet, offering visitors a broad selection of iconography to complement the traditional discourse of art history.

In one of the three sections of the exhibition, one of these diagrams materializes in three-dimensions: this is the one that MoMA’s founding director, Alfred H. Barr, Jr., drew for the catalogue of the Cubism and Abstract Art exhibition in 1936, to explain the origins of abstract art. This section brings together works by Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi, Paul Cézanne, Robert Delaunay, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Juan Gris, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Georges Braque, Paul Klee and Henry Moore, amongst others.

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