While Picasso never actually fought in any war, he lived through two World Wars, the Spanish Civil War and the Vietnam War, which obviously had an effect on his work…
A politically forthright artist, Picasso expressed his views through his paintings – Guernica is a great example. As a militant but peaceful resistant, his political positions were notably behind the dove become a symbol of peace.
With a presentation that is both chronological and thematic, the exhibition – co-organised with the Picasso Museum – shows how war was a overpowering theme in Picasso’s work from very early on. You’ll be able to se press clippings, photos and objects from the artist’s personal archives, as well as (of course) some of his paintings.
Guernica open the exhibition, through a photo taken by Dora Maar in Picasso’s studio on rue des Grands-Augustins in Paris. Many French and international institutions and museums have lent works specially.
Around the exhibition there are many events on offer:
— guided visits and workshops for kids,
— cooking classes with Michelin-starred chef Alain Passard. These will take place in the grand salon (usually closed to the public) during which he will talk about the lack of food during wartime, and recreate a recipe from the famous book Cuisine et restrictions by Édouard de Pomiane which is emblematic of the Second World War and displayed in the exhibition,
— actor-director Thierry Harcourt will be playing a short, surrealist play written by Picasso in 1944, entitled Le désir attrapé par la queue,
— ten concerts, some in Grand Salon, others in the Cathédrale Saint-Louis which is part of the Invalides complex
— a selection of films about war
A catalogue of the exhibition is also available (352 pages, 450 illustrations, 35€ here at amazon.fr).
Also, the 30-page press kit for the exhibition (at the bottom of this article) has been completely translated into English and is packed with loads of interesting info. We advise you to take a look before your visit!
The exhibition Picasso et la guerre is at the Army Museum (ici) from 5th April – 28th July 2019
Open every day of the week, weekdays from 10am-6pm (9pm Tuesdays) and 10am-7pm weekend
Admission: 12€ / 10€ / free for under-18s
To check out the press kit in English, click the ‘fullscreen’ button at the bottom right of the image below.