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OVER 75,000 VISITORS AT 'PICASSO'S LATE SCULPTURE. WOMAN. THE COLLECTION IN CONTEXT'

10/01/2009

On 19 October, the MPM will be opening the first major retrospective in Spain on the life and work of artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Curated by Estrella de Diego, the exhibition will bring to Spain over 130 works by Taeuber-Arp, including paintings, drawings, collages, textiles, puppets, plans, photographs, sculptures and furniture.

On Sunday 30 August, the Museo Picasso Málaga closed its exhibition Picasso&rsquo";"s Late Sculpture. Woman. The Collection in Context. A total of 76,871 visitors saw the exhibition - a daily average of 801 people who came to the Palacio de Buenavista to view the 40 selected artworks.

The sheet-metal sculpture, Woman (1961), donated by Christine Ruiz-Picasso, was the highlight of the exhibition, which brought together some 40 works produced by Picasso at different moments of his life. It included the paper cut-outs he made as a child, his Cubist constructions, and paintings and sculptures from his later years.

Paintings and drawings from various other periods were also on display, alongside three major sculptures by Julio González and a magical découpage by Henri Matisse, which enable the viewer to examine the artistic exchange that took place between these three great artists.

Picasso&rsquo";"s late sculpture. Woman. The Collection in Context was inaugurated last May and is the second in a series of exhibitions aimed at placing selected works from the MPM Collection in their historical and artistic context.

Alongside the exhibition, a series of talks took place in the MPM Auditorium, in which distinguished art historians and experts on Picasso&rsquo";“s work discussed aspects of the artist&rsquo”;“s sculptural work. Elizabeth Cowling, Diana Widmaier Picasso, Pepe Karmel, Tom&agrave”;“s Llorens, and Pablo Picasso&rsquo”;"s model and muse, Lydia Corbett (aka Sylvette), were the guest speakers.

Upcoming exhibition The exhibition that Museo Picasso Málaga will be devoting to Sophie Taeuber-Arp, from 19 October 2009 to 24 January 2010, will focus on the highly modern and radical duality that was at the heart of the artist&rsquo";"s work.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Avant-garde Pathways is a journey through the work of this multi-talented artist, with over 130 pieces on display, including paintings, drawings, collages, textiles, puppets, plans, photographs, sculptures and furniture.

Curated by Estrella de Diego, Professor of Contemporary Art at the Complutense University in Madrid, this is the first major retrospective on the life and work of the wife of the half-French, half-German sculptor, poet and painter, Jean Arp. Herself a painter, dancer, set designer, draughtswoman, architect, craftswoman and teacher, Sophie Taeuber-Arp&rsquo";"s curiosity embraced a wide variety of expressive forms, all with equal intensity. With each one, she examined, resolved and reconciled the contradictory extremes that served as the backdrop for art in the early 20th century.

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