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Presented by Richard Watts


SmartArts: NGV’s Senior Curator on New Picasso Exhibition

The Picasso Century is a world-premiere exhibition developed exclusively for the NGV by the Centre Pompidou and the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

To mark the launch of the new exhibition Richard is joined by NGV’s Senior Curator Dr Miranda Wallace for a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation about the life and art of Pablo Picasso.

Miranda and Richard dig into what it is that has made Picasso, arguably, art’s most famous household name, his often problematic relationship with women, how he embraced Communism in the later part of his life, and how the exhibition uses Picasso as an entry point into the art of his contemporaries.

“He was very good at being present at some of the great pivotal shifts of the 20th century in terms of modern art,” Miranda explains. “He managed to transform himself almost every decade. And there is an element of celebrity that attached itself to Picasso. He was probably the first artist to become an international kind of fame in the 1950s.”

The exhibition features over 80 works by Picasso alongside over 100 works by more than 60 of his contemporaries, including Georges Braque, Salvador Dalí, Françoise Gilot, Dora Maar, André Masson, Henri Matisse, Dorothea Tanning and Gertrude Stein.

Listen to the full interview below.

Head here more details on The Picasso Century.

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Listen to SmartArts: NGV’s Senior Curator on New Picasso Exhibition20:1616 June 2022