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Picasso’s turning points: the war years


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Thursday 2 April 2020
11am — 12pm

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Picasso and Paper

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Pablo Picasso, Femmes à leur toilette (detail), Paris, Winter, 1937 - 38.

Collage of cut-out wallpapers with gouache on paper pasted on canvas. 299 x 448 cm. Musée national Picasso-Paris. Pablo Picasso Gift in Lieu, 1979. MP176 Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Adrien Didierjean © Succession Picasso/DACS 2019.

Discover how wars in Europe affected Picasso’s art and inspired him to create one of the most monumental paper collages ever made.

Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding coronavirus, we regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel events up and through to the end of April 2020. If you have purchased tickets to an event, please contact us on 0207 300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk to arrange a refund.

Explore how the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War influenced Picasso’s choice of subjects and working methods. In this talk, we will look at events during the Spanish Civil War and how the Civil War resulted in one of Picasso’s most famous works, Guernica.

Dr Marilyn McCully will discuss how Guernica paved the way for the collage, Women at Their Toilette – a 4.8 metre-wide work which will be shown in the UK for the first time in over 50 years in Picasso and Paper.

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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● Cancelled

Thursday 2 April 2020

11am — 12pm

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

£10, £6