24.06.2017 – 12.11.2017
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its exhibition, the kunsthalle messmer is dedicated to the life and work of one of the most important modern artists: Pablo Picasso.
Born in 1881 in Málaga, Spain, Picasso developed into the most productive and richest artist of his time until his death in 1973. His expressive and diverse oeuvre includes over 50,000 paintings, drawings, graphics, collages, sculptures and ceramics. With Georges Braque he is regarded as the founder of Cubism.
The exhibition focuses in particular on the depictions of women in the life of the great painter, who, as muses and inexhaustible sources of inspiration, influenced and enriched his life and work in equal measure.
Some of the women in Picasso’s life were themselves artistically active and of considerable talent. They profited from the closeness to this artistic genius, but were always in his shadow, from which they could hardly or not at all free themselves. Thus, many of the works of his life companions show the more or less clear influence of Picasso.
The depictions of wives and lovers in the life of the painter run like a red thread through his artistic work. The exhibition in the kunsthalle messmer impressively reflects the stylistic development of his painting and the changing relationship to his wives. It comprises more than 100 works by Picasso from important private collections and conveys in a unique way, beyond the painter’s artistic oeuvre, unprecedented insights into the works of Picasso’s women. In addition to Françoise Gilot’s own paintings, drawings by Dora Maar and works by Sylvette David, who also served as a model for the painter many times and is herself a well-known artist today, will also be on show.