By Tiziana Maggio
London, Tate Modern, 8 March – 9 September 2018 – Tate Modern recently opened a new exhibition and its curatorial concept immediately caught my curiosity. It is the first ever solo Picasso exhibition at the Tate and the curators are offering a fascinating focus on a specific year in the career of the master: 1932
Pablo Picasso, Sleeping Nude with Blonde Hair, 1932
I decided to pay a visit, along with my friend and artist Christina.
Visitors are afforded a very privileged opportunity to appreciate over 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs displayed in a month-by-month journey through Picasso
’s ‘year of wonders’.
People attending the EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 Love, Fame, Tragedy
As soon as I enter the first room, I am already ecstatic:
The Great Depression is about to hit the art market and the Master is in his fifties and at the peak of his success, going around in a chauffeur-driven car and living in grand apartments in Paris with Olga Khokhlova, the Russian ballet dancer and mother of his son.
Pablo Picasso, The Dream (Le Rêve) 1932, Private Collection © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2018
His talent has reached a new height of sensuality now, mainly inspired by his 17 year old muse and mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, featured in numerous works, from Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
, to Nude in a Black Armchair
and The Mirror
Pablo Picasso, Woman in a yellow armchair, 1932. Private collection © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2016
At the end of our viewing, I turn to my friend Christina with my elated smile of fulfilment and an unexpected comment breaks my euphoria: ‘Although prolific, he was a narcissistic, macho, lavish, misogynistic, exploitative, over-idolized , male dominatrix of an artist! Sadly this is what Western art society and art educational system still admire and promote…!!
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, 8 March 1932. Photograph: Andy Paradise/PA
I was speechless. In only one comment, she opened a vortex of thoughts that I couldn’t suppress for days. I rewinded the whole exhibition in my mind several times and in the end I came to a conclusion. If on one hand this exhibition shows us the magnificent artistic peak reached by Picasso
, on the other it opens the archives of his love life. There is nothing better than an exhibition that is able to create debate and open discussions. #Payavisit