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Film Screening: Le Mystère Picasso + talk with Gijs van Hensbergen


● Fully booked

Friday 21 February 2020
6.30 — 8.30pm

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Picasso and Paper

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Michel Sima, Pablo Picasso drawing in Antibes, 1946

Black-and-white photograph. Photo © Michel Sima / Bridgeman Images. © Succession Picasso/DACS 2019

Join us for a full screening of ‘Le Mystère Picasso’ by legendary French filmmaker Henri-Georges Clouzot, one of the all-time greatest cinematic portraits of an artist, followed by a talk with art historian Gijs van Hensbergen.

Director Henri-Georges Clouzot peers into the imagination of Pablo Picasso’s studio and emerges with an intriguing documentary that captures real footage of the revolutionary painter’s creative process. With very little dialogue and set to a dramatic score throughout, Clouzot offers an invaluable and mesmerising journey into the painter’s mind.

Through a combination of stop-motion and time-lapse photography, Picasso’s creative process comes to life on screen. Paint strokes and splashes of colour appear as if by magic, as empty canvases of blank newsprint become platforms for a series of daring and original drawings and paintings, many of which exist only within the confines of this film as a number of the in-progress paintings displayed were destroyed after the film was completed.

This screening will be followed by a talk with Gijs van Hensbergen.

Gijs van Hensbergen is a Dutch art historian. Van Hensbergen’s projects and TV work include his collaboration with John Richardson on A Life of Picasso 2010-12. His publications include Guernica: The Biography of a Twentieth-Century Icon.

Organised in partnership with curated streaming service MUBI.

This event is supported by Instituto Cervantes.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Running time: 79 minutes
Language: French (with english subtitles)
Release: 1956

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Cleveland Museum of Art in partnership with the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

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● Cancelled

Friday 21 February 2020

6.30 — 8.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9