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While the dialogue between Calder-Picasso is filled with endless possibilities, a vital connection can be found specifically in their exploration of the void, or the absence of space, which both artists delineated from the figure through to abstraction.
Calder and Picasso each dealt with the attributes of presenting or representing nonspace, whether by giving definition to a subtraction of mass, as in Calder’s sculpture, or by expressing contortions of time, as in Picasso’s portraits.
Calder externalized the void through curiosity and intellectual expansion, engaging unseen forces in ways that challenge dimensional limitations. Picasso personalized the exploration, focusing on the emotional inner self.
The exhibition will comprise approximately 120 works that explore how these two artists each, separately, dealt with the question of the void from a wider perspective and confronted the displaced mass or inherent vacuum.
The “Calder-Picasso” exhibition is organized in partnership with the Calder Foundation, New York and the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte (FABA).
It is a coproduction with the Museo Picasso Málaga where it will be held from September 23, 2019 to February 2, 2020.
Curators : Claire Garnier, Laurent Le Bon, Emilia Philippot, Alexander S.C. Rower, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso