Spanish artist Pablo Picasso was one of the main precursors of the modernist art era. He notably spearheaded many artistic avant-garde art pieces; he used all kinds of media and materials in his creations and produced over 50,000 works in his long career.
Therefore, the exhibition “Picasso Mania” which is being held at the Grand Palais till the 29th of February looks back at the professional life of Picasso and the link between Picasso’s work and that of contemporary artists. From cubism to other great stylistic phases of art, it traces the three primary periods in Picasso’s output, his fractured, figurative/ political compositions and his late works which are mainly erotic in nature.
This event is extremely unique because it carefully showcases the life and works of one of the world’s greatest and most admired artists. It also details the artist’s enduring impact and his lasting influence in the art world.
Another interesting thing to note is the layout of the exhibition , which is a thematic/chronological arrangement that examines Picasso’s impact over the decades on the work of artists like Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Yan Pei-Ming among others. It shows Picasso’s own work in a different light, with his paintings hung the way the artist liked to set them in his studios, which is side by side.
The show which has been described by many as ethereal, is one that provides visitors and art lovers the opportunity to look at Picasso not just as an artist but as a public figure with an inspirational personality. The experience brings to life also the works of other artists in inventive ways.
Ultimately, the exhibition is brought to life by Picasso’s dynamism and absolute liberation from artistic and pictorial norms which are usually expected. His works have this energy and enthusiasm around them that inspires artists to create pieces based on their personality and individuality rather than imitation.
For those that haven’t seen the exposition, it’s still ongoing at the Grand Palais till the 29th of February,2016. Avoid to queue outside and book your ticket online here. For more information on the exhibition visit the Grand Palais website.
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Written by Yejide Erogbogbo