Art exhibition review: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern London
- Published on Thursday, 08 March 2018 10:55
- Last Updated on 08 March 2018
- Monica Costa
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The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy is a must-see retrospective about the Spanish artist suitable for adults and children alike who would enjoy Picasso’s innovative art. 75% of the work shown at Tate Modern between 8 March and 9 September 2018 has never been exhibited in Britain before. It’s worth noting that as many of these paintings come from private collections they won’t be seen together again for a long time. It’s a unique opportunity for anybody to learn about art in a stunning location.
Picasso 1932 is the first solo exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work ever held at Tate Modern, and one of the most significant exhibitions ever staged at the gallery. It takes visitors on a month-by-month journey through 1932, a time so pivotal in Picasso’s life and work that it has been called his ‘year of wonders’. During this year his paintings reached a new level of sensuality and Picasso cemented his celebrity status as the most influential artist of the early 20th century. In his personal life at this time Picasso kept a delicate balance between tending to his wife Olga Khokhlova and their son Paulo, and his passionate love affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter, 28 years his junior.
The exhibition brings these complex artistic and personal dynamics to life with more than 100 outstanding paintings, sculptures and works on paper which demonstrate his prolific and restlessly inventive character.
My favourite paintings in this exhibition include:
Seated woman by a window is a very colourful and hypnotic painting. It has something that inexplicably attracts you to that. You need to see it as this picture does not give it justice.
If you wonder whether this exhibition would be too explicit for children, I’d say not to worry about it because this is ultimately art and children generally see things differently from adults. They would read Picasso’s art in a way that we would not. Even without knowing the back stories behind every painting and the connections to the love affairs the artist had, the artwork is amazing from the point of view of the innovation and use of colours. Children would only see that aspect of an artwork.
This exhibition also showcases how fast Picasso could paint such incredible artwork which on postcards or books don’t emerge as being as exceptional as they truly are. It is a truly unique retrospective and I recommend you not to miss it. I will certainly go and see it again before it leaves London!
Level 3, The Eyal Ofer Galleries
Bankside, London SE1
via the Turbine Hall Entrance
8 March – 9 September 2018
This exhibition is sponsored by the EY Tate Arts Partnership with additional support from the Picasso Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate Americas Foundation, Tate International Council, Tate Patrons and Tate Members. Picasso 1932 is organised in collaboration with Musée national Picasso – Paris.
This is the year of the Tate with outstanding and inspiring exhibitions.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums