Picasso Comes to Beirut for the First Time in History With a 20 Piece Exhibition
On Friday the 27th, the Spanish expressionist, Pablo Picasso, in a collection of 20 of his finest paintings, come to the heart of the Levant. It is the first time in history that the Lebanese capital hosts an exhibition for the works of the renowned artist.
Collaboration between the Sursock Museum and the Picasso-Paris National Museum yielded “Picasso et la Famille”, an art exhibition of 20 artworks capturing Picasso’s concept of family.
From paintings of mothers and children to his own reflection on fatherhood, the drawings, paintings, etchings, and sculptures explore what family meant to one of the greatest artists of all time.
These works, which date from 1895 to 1972, incorporate a wide array of styles including his early interest in realism to his experimentation with Cubism, providing a spectrum of the many ways Picasso expressed himself.
Camille Frasca, the curator at the Picasso-Paris National Museum, as well as her counterpart at Sursock Museum, Yasmine Chemali, have provided each artwork with archival material about Picasso’s life and influences in an effort to help the public put the art into perspective.
Lebanon is one of many countries that will host Picasso’s work as part of the two-year tour scheduled by the Picasso-Paris National Museum.
The Picasso-Mediterranee project, which started in April of 2017, is a cultural initiative that aims to bring the work of Picasso to the many places that inspired him and helped him conceptualize his style. Across the Mediterranean, cities in Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Italy, and Morocco, are scheduled to host over 40 exhibitions of the late artist’s work.
The exhibition in Beirut is free to the public and will run until the 6th of January, 2020.