Cubist Picasso (1909-1915)

September 21, 2017 – February 3, 2018

Pablo Picasso (Málaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) always accorded great importance to his graphic work: between 1899 and 1972 he created more than 2,000 engravings, which comprise a virtual diary of his life as an artist.

Picasso. "Mademoiselle Léonie" 1910
Picasso. Mademoiselle Léonie, 1910

This cabinet features a rotating display of Pablo’s Picasso’s graphic work belonging to the collection held in storage at the Museu Fundación Juan March.

On this occasion, a selection of cubist prints belonging to the collection are presented, including two books by friend and poet Max Jacob that Picasso illustrated (Saint Matorel, 1910 and Le siège de Jérusalem, 1914). In his attempt to assimilate space and break with traditional perspective, Picasso applied sharp, incisive lines and configured objects by decomposing them in as many planes as possible viewpoints.

Print Gallery

Situated in the center of the museum, a print library with holdings from Pablo Picasso's graphic work offers rotating temporary exhibitions (taking into consideration the requirements for displaying and conserving delicate works on paper). The exhibitions feature prints by Picasso from his Blue and Rose Periods (1901–04 and 1904–06, respectively), Cubist works (from 1907–17), and works from the renowned Vollard Suite (1930–37) and the Tauromaquia series (1957). Noteworthy among them is La Minotauromachie (1935), an etching now part of the Museu's permanent collection and that is considered by many scholars to be one of the most important examples of modern printmaking and Picasso's masterwork in the field.
This space on occasion also serves to present small exhibitions that complement the collection of contemporary Spanish art and material on display in the temporary exhibition rooms.