Picasso: Five Themes

Pola Museum of Art

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Picasso painted people, objects, and our ever changing appearances; he cultivated all the possibilities of painting. With his work "Woman and Child on the Seashore" from the blue period and "Nude" from the cubist period, various representative works showing the changes his work underwent throughout the years have been brought together. By putting on display the museum's complete collection of Picasso works, together with works by George Braques - Picasso's close friend who also had an influence on him - this exhibition will show through five themes what it was that drove the greatest artist of the 20th Century.
1. The Blue Period: Barcelona-Paris
2. The Sacred Land of Cubism: Horta de Hebro
3. Picasso and Braque: Still Life
4. Sacred Love and Profane Love: Picasso and Women
5. Picasso and the Spanish Tradition

Gallery talks by curators.
1. Saturday 8th April
2. Saturday 20th May
3. Saturday 17th June
4. Monday 10th July
5. Monday 21st August
Open to the first 30 people to arrive. Tour from 14:00 to 15:00. Please meet at the museum auditorium. (Participation is free of charge, but an exhibition ticket for that day is required.)



From 2006-03-18 To 2006-09-17





olivier: (2006-06-06 at 18:06)

Coming to the Pola museum from central Tokyo is always quite a leap of faith: it takes a handful of means of transportation, ranging from charming to impractical... Upon arriving, the architectural space of the museum, and its lush surroundings, are an instant gratification that alone would make the trip worthy.

The exhibition, featuring not only many of Picasso's paintings, but also some photographs from the artist's early years, as well as many of Braque's works, extensively shown in parallel and perspective to Picasso's. The show does, at times, feel like a wannabe full retrospective that couldn't grow big enough, but given the extent of Picasso's career and the volume of works he produced, it also means that the show is enjoyable for families and art goers alike. The former will discover works beyond the cubist cliché, and the latter, too, are bound to discover new facets of a long career, in the photographs of Horta de Hebro, in the tenderness of the portrait of his son as Pierrot that closes the exhibition, or simply in the chance of seeing so many works up close.

As often, the show would benefit from translations of each theme's intruduction text, but at least quite a few of the permanent collection's pieces - themselves well worth extending your stay at the museum - are covered by the museum's English audioguide.

Being a European child in the 1980s, there would be frequent reports on TV, of yet another masterpiece of the European painting bought after an insane auction, by some outrageously rich Japanese buyer - and it was systematically lamented that these foreign buyers would lock away beauty forever, in a dark vault. It's good to see Shinobu Suzuki and the Pola Museum prove '80s television wrong.

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