The Year of Picasso Celebration


Ashlynn Harding

Le Moulin de la Gallete, Pablo Picasso

Casey Little, Reporter/photographer

   Pablo Picasso was one of the founders of the Cubism movement and a key figure in art in the Twentieth Century. Picasso created art in a variety of styles, which made him well-respected and appreciated in the art community. These factors are some of the reasons why he is now considered one of the greatest artists of all time. Picasso painted 80 years out of the 91 years he was alive.

   “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary,” Picasso said. 

   Even 50 years after death, Pablo Picasso is still inspiring people all over the globe everyday. To celebrate his everlasting legacy, the Spanish and French had a commission organized 42 shows all year round at the top European and American foundations.

   These shows display every aspect of Picasso’s life in a variety of ways. Many famous pieces of Picasso’s work will be shown with lots of different outlooks such as: landscapes, cubism, abstraction, and the last paintings he made in his life.

   The Guggenheim, the New York location, is hosting “Young Picasso in Paris” starting May 12, 2023, and will last till Aug. 6, 2023. The show will display ten different paintings from when the artist lived in Paris during 1900-1940. The main focus of the show is one of his most famous paintings, Le Moulin de la Galette. The museum is using the exhibit to explore Picasso’s trip to Paris while also discussing the difficult trials in his character study. 

   According to the Artnet News, the Brooklyn Museum’s show “Picasso and Feminism” is curated by an Australian comedian, Hannah Gadsby, along with Lisa Small and Catherine Morris. These women are using this opportunity to re-examine Picasso and his art through a feminist outlook. The showing starts Feb. 26, 2023, and ends on Sept. 24, 2023. 

   Museo Picasso in Malaga and Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, are sharing the “Picasso: Matter and Body” exhibition. Museo Picasso in Malaga will showcase the display during May 8, 2023 through Sept. 10, 2023. While the Guggenheim Bilbao will showcase it Sept. 29, 2023 through Jan. 14, 2024. Both shows aim to focus on his lifelong sculptural practice, which is usually considered second to his paintings. However, his sculptures were a key aspect of his journey as a developing artist. 

   A press conference which focused on the collaboration around the globe was held in Madrid, so the Spanish and French culture ministers could talk about the events that will be held over this year in the major foundations. This is when Spain’s Sports and Culture Minister, Miquel Iceta, discussed the end goal with the programs displaying Picasso’s work. 

   “Our aim, in the end, is to claim Picasso’s artistic legacy and the validity of his work,” said Iceta. “ If there is an artist who defines the 20th century, who represents it with all its cruelty, violence, passion, excesses, and contradictions, this is, undoubtedly, Pablo Picasso.”