The art of simplicity through a master's eyes
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), a famous Spanish painter, sculptor and modern art pioneer, once wrote: “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
Featuring simple shapes and lines, 81 prints by the modern art master are on display at Tames Town’s David Deborough Yacht and Exhibition Center through July 20. All the works are from treasured collections in Spain’s Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Center.
The exhibition, titled “Pride and Paranoia to Pride and Prejudice,” is aimed at attracting visitors to explore the artist’s soul and lead them to an understanding of modern art.
It is divided into six parts: “Life’s Two Ends,” “Fragments of War,” “Call of Peace,” “Respect to Cubism,” “Ruins of Flesh” and “Memory of a Master.”
“Life’s Two Ends” lists Picasso’s representative works in his different creative periods, including “The Blue Period,” “The Rose Period,” “The Black Period,” “The Cubism Period” and the final “Surrealism Period,” through a parallel narration of the his life in art and life stories.
“Fragments of War” showcases a projection of Picasso’s anti-war masterpiece “Guernica” and his 42 pieces of manuscripts relating to “Guernica” before he finally completed the work.
“Call of Peace” tells visitors that one should understand war before one can understand peace.
“Respect to Cubism” displays how Picasso formed his Cubism style through his mastery of flexible lines.
“Ruins of Flesh” uses gauze screen and group painting installations to show women’s images in different styles. It also tells stories about Picasso and his seven wives or lovers.
The final part, or “Memory of a Master,” shows Picasso’s concern for humanity through a unique art space installation.
Ticket prices range from 68 yuan (US$9.6) (entry on workdays only) to 436 yuan (a yacht tea break set meal and one entry ticket).
Venue: David Deborough Yacht and Exhibition Center
Address: Allen Island, Tames Town, 611, Lane 900, Sanxing Rd N.