To mark the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death, the Musée du Luxembourg is organizing a major exhibition on the story of an extraordinary friendship between two icons of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), a Jewish American immigrant, was a writer, poet and aesthete who moved to Paris in 1903 shortly after the arrival of Picasso, then a young artist. Their membership of the city's bohemian community, as well as their artistic freedom, were informed by their status as foreigners and their marginality. Their friendship crystallized around their respective work, which laid the foundations for Cubism and the pictorial and literary avant-gardes of the 20th century. Their posterity is immense.
By examining their closeness and inventiveness, the exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg will explore a century of art, poetry, music and theater through key figures such as Henri Matisse, Juan Gris, Marcel Duchamp, Ed Ruscha, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Carl Andre, Joseph Kosuth, Roni Horn, Hanne Darboven, Glenn Ligon, John Cage, Steve Reich, Bob Wilson, Gary Hill and Philip Glass.
Cecile Debray, Chief Heritage Curator, President of the Musée national Picasso-Paris and Assia Quesnel, Art Historian
Exhibition organized by the Rmn-GP with the exceptional support of the Musée national Picasso-Paris
- About Picasso Celebration 1973-2023
April 8, 2023 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and thus the year will represent the celebration of his work and his artistic legacy in France, Spain and internationally.
The French and Spanish governments wanted to carry out this large-scale transnational event through a binational commission, bringing together the cultural and diplomatic administrations of the two countries.
The Picasso Celebration 1973-2023 revolves around some fifty exhibitions and events that will be held in renowned cultural institutions in Europe and North America, and which together will draw up a historiographical survey of approaches to Picasso’s work. The commemoration, punctuated by official celebrations in France and Spain, will shine a light on the research and understanding of Picasso’s work, notably during a major international symposium in autumn 2023, at the time of the opening of the Center for Picasso Studies in Paris.
The Musée national Picasso-Paris and the Spanish National Commission for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso are pleased to support this exceptional program.