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  • Culture

    PICASSO MANIA

    By Frances Atkinson 29 December 2015
    Image – Grand Palais

    THOSE intense dark eyes, the furrowed brow; the face may be instantly recognisable, but it is Pablo Picasso’s (1881-1973) influential works that continue to shape contemporary art. Picasso Mania, a new major exhibition currently showing at Grand Palais in Paris, brings together a large body of work and, for the first time, explores the ongoing legacy of the artist.

    While exhibitions featuring Picasso’s work are common enough, this particular blockbuster, which took three years in the planning, attempts to examine the man, and the myths, that surround this giant of the modern art world.

    It also showcases 400 works by 75 international artists including Hockney, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Koons, Kippenberger and Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra to highlight Picasso’s influence. As Emily Nathan said recently in Artnetnews, the “paths he paved for a generation of artists who followed him”.

    How the artists have responded over the years to the work of the ‘father of modern art’, varies from the irreverent and playful to reverential and reflective.

    The works date from the 1930s to the 1970s, and curator Didier Ottinger says the exhibition “Looks at Picasso not just as an artist but as a public figure with an image that is inspiring and sometimes crushing”.

    grandpalais.fr/en/event/picassomania