Organized by Museo Picasso Málaga,the Centro Andaluz de Fotografía (CAF) is presenting Picasso as Seen by Otero (29th September – 12th December 2021), an exhibition of over 60 photographs from the Roberto Otero Photographic Archive, which is part of the Málaga museum’s permanent collection.

In showcasing the Roberto Otero Photographic Archive, Museo Picasso Málaga highlights the importance of the photographic archive as a tool for discovering more about an artist, their circumstances, and their milieu.

In the over sixty images that make up this exhibition, visitors will discover Pablo Picasso’s daily life, either at work on his latest exhibition of ceramics in Vallauris or hosting visits from friends and acquaintances such as Joan Miró or Rafael Alberti, in the company of his wife, Jacqueline Roque. They also show us the artist during his creative process, and the works he lived amongst every day. Curated by José Lebrero Stals, artistic director of the Museo Picasso Málaga, this exhibition is organized by MPM and can be seen from 29th September to 12th December 2021, in the city of Almería.

The selection of pictures on display at CAF shows a time when Pablo Picasso had nothing more to prove in artistic terms and appears to be passionately enjoying the freedom to create without being held accountable. Roberto Otero (Trenque Lauquen, Buenos Aires, 1931-Palma de Mallorca, 2004) was there at the time and, in brief biographical flashes, his photographic proximity to the artist tells us about Picasso’s surroundings and way of life in the 1960s.

A photographer, journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, Otero continuously took highly personal shots of Pablo Picasso between 1961 and 1970, the final years of the artist’s life. The more than 1,500 pictures that make up the archive, which was acquired by Museo Picasso Málaga in 2005, are negatives, slides, copies on paper and internegatives that provide important documentary evidence that focuses on the last period of Picasso’s life, when he had moved to his home at Notre-Dame-de-Vie, in Mougins in the South of France, in 1961.

The Young Picasso

British director and producer, Phil Grabsky, premiered his film The Young Picasso at the Museo Picasso Málaga Auditorium during the Málaga Film Festival in 2019. While making the film, Grabsky worked closely with Museo Picasso Málaga, Fundación Picasso Museo Casa Natal, Museu Picasso Barcelona and Musée national Picasso Paris, interviewing their directors and filming in the three cities, which played key roles in Pablo Picasso’s career. “I am interested in finding out how a young man from Málaga came to be one of the great geniuses of the 20th Century” says the director of the 1h30m feature film, which can now be seen again, coinciding with this exhibition.

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Otero Photographic Collection