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Picasso’s turning points: Cubism and papier collé


Thursday 12 March 2020
11am — 12pm

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Picasso and Paper

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Pablo Picasso, Violin, Paris, autumn 1912.

Laid paper, wallpaper, newspaper, wove wrapping paper and glazed black wove paper, cut and pasted onto cardboard, with pencil and charcoal. 65 x 50 cm. Musée national Picasso-Paris. Pablo Picasso Gift in Lieu, 1979. MP367 Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau © Succession Picasso/DACS 2019.

Hear how Pablo Picasso dramatically changed the representation of the visible world through Cubism including innovative paper collage techniques known now as ‘papier collé’.

Join Dr Marilyn McCully for a 50-minute talk, as she discusses how Picasso developed the visual language of Cubism.

Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque fragmented the depiction of represented objects and space and changed the way in which we see them, inventing what became known as Cubism. With the introduction of papier collé, Picasso’s Violin (1912) is a key example of his inventive use of pasted papers to challenge ideas of representation and picture-making. In this event we also discover how Picasso’s use of paper continued throughout his practice beyond his Cubist period.

This talk will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Speaker: Dr Marilyn McCully is a Picasso specialist, and has organised many international exhibitions, including Picasso: Painter and Sculptor in Clay (Royal Academy, 1998-99) and, most recently, Picasso Tableaux Magiques (Musée national Picasso-Paris, 2019).

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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Thursday 12 March 2020

11am — 12pm

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

£10, £6