From August 26, 2017 through January 7, 2018 the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
presents the exhibition Picasso. On the Beach curated by Luca Massimo Barbero. The exhibition has been installed in the museums Project Rooms.
The exhibition is a collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, and focuses on one of Peggy Guggenheims favorite works of art, Picassos On the Beach (La Baignade), now part of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. The show gathers a selection of ten drawings, three paintings and a sculpture, made by Picasso between February and December 1937, and is a part of the initiative of the Musée national Picasso-Paris Picasso-Méditerranée, an international cultural event, from Spring 2017 through Spring 2019. Over sixty cultural institutions have come together to develop a programme around the work obstinément méditerranéenne of Pablo Picasso. Initiated by the Musée national Picasso-Paris, this journey into the creation of the artist and across the places which inspired him, aims at strengthening ties between all the shores that touched his career.
With his numerous depictions of beaches and bathers a subject matter that tends to cling to each new formal and iconographic departure - Picasso certainly did not discover a new subject, but rather identified and revealed the only real outdoor theme of his entire work. Like the majority of his motifs, the concept of the beach is approached in both a traditional and modern manner. Giorgione, Titian, Ingres, Puvis de Chavannes, Manet, Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir are all artists to whom Picasso turned for inspiration for his figures and structural compositions. The nude in motion is recurrent and of primary importance for all figurative artists. Picassos novelty here, however, is not a function of his subject matter but rather, as was characteristic of the Spanish genius, by uniting individual experience with tradition, he created something not only new but absolutely revolutionary.
Picasso. On the Beach is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, in English and Italian, with an essay by the curator Luca Massimo Barbero.