The horse appears again and again in Picasso's work. He depicted everything symbolic, noble, grotesque, human and mythological about the beast. The exhibition provides a new look at the presence and meaning of these creatures in Picasso's work, with over 50 artworks on display. Oil paintings, drawings and engravings, amongst other works, show the unique way the artist dealt with this subject and the various different forms in which he portrayed it.
The very first painting by Pablo Picasso that was ever conserved was painted in Malaga when he was just eight years old, and there is a horse in it. Ever since then, and right into his old age, the horse appears again and again in Picasso’s work. He depicted everything symbolic, noble, grotesque, human and mythological about the beast.
In Picasso. Horses, the Museo Picasso Málaga provides a new look at the presence and meaning of these creatures in Picasso’s work, with over fifty artworks on display. Oil paintings, drawings and engravings, amongst other works, show the unique way the artist dealt with this subject and the various different forms in which he portrayed it.
Curated by Picasso expert Dominique Dupuis-Labbé, the exhibition also includes engravings by Francisco de Goya and Jan Straet in which horses are the central motif, as well as a selection of photographs showing how the animal was present in the cities where Picasso spent his childhood and youth.
Lenders: many of the artworks on display belong to private collections are have rarely been shown in public. Works from public collections have been lent by the Picasso Museum in Barcelona; the Musée Picasso and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Tate Gallery, London; the University of Edinburgh Fine Art Collection; MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Phillips Collection, Washington, amongst others.
This presentation coincides with the publication of a guidebook which contains information and a number of brief essays on the MPM, as well as the full catalogue of the MPM permanent collection’s art holdings, and ten academic studies on its ten most representative artworks.
"Among the various sins of which I am accused, none is as false as the one that which states my work is fundamentally driven by a spirit of research. My objective when I paint is to show what I have found, not what I am looking for. In art, intentions are not enough and, as we say in Spanish: obras son amores y no buenas razones (actions speak louder than words). What matters is what one does, not what one intended to do". This was how Pablo Picasso defined the purpose of his art. He tackled his work with talent, hard work, precise technique and, above all, indomitable creative freedom.
By presenting its permanent collection in this way, the museum is providing a storyline to the artist’s work; a fresh approach to the discoveries that led Picasso to be considered the most important artist of the 20th century. With this in mind, Museo Picasso Malaga is inviting visitors to examine ten key features of Picasso’s aesthetic legacy.
Pablo Picasso, The Rape, Juan-les-Pins, Autumn 1920. Tempera on wood, 23.8 x 32.6 cm. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Philip L. Goodwin Collection, 1958. Digital Image © 2010 The Museum of Modern Art / Scala Florence © Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Málaga, 2010
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Museo Picasso Málaga
Palacio de Buenavista
c/ San Agustín, 8 - 29015 Málaga, España
Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 9 pm
Sundays and public holidays, 10 am to 8 pm
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Permanent Collection:6.00 €
Temporary exhibitions: 4.50 €
Combined ticket: 8.00 €
Free entrance last Sunday of every month.
Reduced fees (50%):
Visitors over 65
Students under 26 with valid identification
Groups of more than 20 people (by appointment)
Youths aged 18 and younger (children under 12 and younger accompanied by an adult)