More than fifty exhibitions around the world, including 16 in Spain, will host the exhibition for the 50th anniversary of the death of the renowned painter from Malaga Pablo Picasso. Among the five Spanish cities selected for the bulk of the celebration are Malaga, Madrid, Barcelona, A Coruña and Bilbao.
For that reason, the Spanish Tourist Office in Buenos Aires presented this week, at the Spanish Embassy, “Picasso Celebration 1973-2023” thus beginning a series of activities that Turespaña will take place over the next few months in cities in Europe, America and Asia to publicize the vast work of the artist.
The Spanish Tourism Minister roque gonzalez, advanced a series of events at the local level in reference to this event. Among them a joint initiative between plastic artists from Malaga and Buenos Aires to make an urban intervention, possibly a large-scale mural, next year in the Argentine capital.
For his part, the minister Embassy Counselor, Luis Tejada, detailed how the governments of Spain and France have developed a joint program for this anniversary “of a universal artist that both countries feel is their own.” He also urged active participation in the rich cultural program, highlighting the city of Malaga for its cultural imprint.
Born in Malaga in 1881 with the name Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso He was the benchmark of the world artistic avant-garde, from his period within the cubist movement until his consecration during his exile in French territory. His vocational activity developed both in painting and in drawing, engraving and sculpture.
Considered a pacifist activist and a staunch communist militant, Pablo Picasso portrayed barbarism in the most stark times of Europe. A famous anecdote, not verified, has him as the protagonist when some Nazi soldiers entered his atelierlocated in France, and visualized the “Guernica”. One of the soldiers asked the artist “who did this?” and Picasso replied: “You”.
The famous painting about the bombing that occurred in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War is on permanent display at the Reina Sofia Museum of Madrid. Prolific and committed, the work of hundreds of his works continue to be quoted (and falsified) to this day. The master of plastic arts died at his French spa residence in Mougins at the age of 91. However, his family childhood in Malaga still recognizes him as part of the landscape of the place. In 2008, the statue of the distinguished local painter was inaugurated in one of its main squares.
Ana María Molina, representing the tourism area of the Malaga City Council, made reference to the centrality of the Mediterranean city in these celebrations. She also pointed out that this is the only city with two museums dedicated exclusively to the artist; the Birthplace Museum where you can relive your childhood and see the earliest works and the Picasso museum with more than 200 works in permanent and temporary collection. These institutions have turned the Andalusian city into a cultural destination.