Mexico will host one of the most highly anticipated art exhibitions in 2017, “Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time,” which compares the artistic trajectories of Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera, two of the 20th century’s most towering modernists.
The show will be exhibited at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, from June 14, and will feature 150 paintings, etchings and watercolors from both artists, who were contemporaries, competitors, internationally renowned, and with very particular personalities.
This covers the period from the 1920s to the 1950s as they explored Cubism, classical forms and ancient cultures in innovative ways.
In addition to establishing a comparative historical and visual dialogue of the two artists, the exhibit will explore the moments of intersection that were important for the formation of modernity in Europe and Latin America.
Curators said the exhibit aims to advance the understanding of Picasso's and Rivera’s practice, particularly in how their contributions were deeply influenced by the forms, myths, and structures of the arts of antiquity.
The show also explores the relationship and friendship between the two artists, who studied in their respective national academies — Picasso in Spain and Rivera in Mexico — which they both entered as child prodigies.
"Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time" opens today! By placing 150 paintings, etchings, and watercolors in dialogue with each other and with singular ancient objects, the exhibition aims to advance the understanding of Picasso and Rivera’s practice, particularly in how their contributions were deeply influenced by the forms, myths, and structures of the arts of antiquity. -- [Diego Rivera, Flower Day (Día de Flores), 1925, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Fund, © 2016 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA] #lacma #PicassoRivera #Picasso #PabloPicasso #Rivera #DiegoRivera #painting #cubism #ancientart
Their academies were exclusively inspired by Greco-Latin art and assumed the superiority of European culture above all others. The two artists rejected this theory and challenged it, Picasso through Cubism and Rivera with muralism.
This exhibition was organized by the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA.