Picasso – Birth of a Genius
       
     
  The Mandolinist , Paris, autumn 1911, 162 x 71 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris  © Succession Picasso 2018
       
     
  Plaster Male Torso , A Coruña, 1893-1894, 49 x 31.5 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris  ©️ Succession Picasso 2018
       
     
  Mother and Child , Paris, fall 1907, 81 x 60 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris  © Succession Picasso 2018
       
     
  Etudes,  1920-1922, 100 x 81 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris  © Succession Picasso 2018
       
     
Picasso – Birth of a Genius
       
     
Picasso – Birth of a Genius

Two Brothers, Gósol, summer 1906, 80 x 59 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris

© Succession Picasso 2018

“Picasso – Birth of a Genius”—the most significant exhibition of work by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) ever to take place in Beijing, will be presented at UCCA between June and September 2019. The exhibition, which offers a comprehensive overview of the first three decades of Picasso’s career, is drawn from the collection of the Musée national Picasso-Paris. It includes 106 works in total with paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with art and culture agency Doors 门艺.

Taken together, these works, realized between 1893 and 1921, tell the story of the creative formation and evolution of the most daring, original, and prolific talent in the history of modern art. The exhibition, curated by Emilia Philippot, curator of the Musée national Picasso-Paris, has been conceived and organized specifically for this presentation at UCCA and in China.

The three decades under consideration here were a period of artistic discovery and ferment for the young Picasso, whose style underwent numerous changes, from the academic realism of his student days to his post-war return to classical style after the great cubist adventure; from the alternately somber and carnivalesque motifs of the Blue and Rose periods to the primitivist explorations which ultimately led to the multiple phases of Cubism.

“For UCCA, this exhibition marks the realization of a dream we have held since our opening in 2007, to present not only recent developments in contemporary art but to examine the very underpinnings of the contemporary by showing modern masters,” remarked Philip Tinari, UCCA Director and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that the story of Picasso is relevant to our audience in China, as individuals here continue to answer the challenges of creativity, originality, and innovation.” The exhibition comes at the end of a multi-year process of transition and regeneration, which has seen UCCA evolve from a private museum owned by a Belgian collector into an officially accredited foundation and museum supported by a group of Chinese trustees and patrons. It will also be the first major exhibition to take place after the completion of UCCA’s architectural renovation, designed by OMA.

For the Musée national Picasso-Paris, the exhibition marks the most substantive presentation of its collection in Beijing to date, and the first since Laurent Le Bon assumed the directorship in 2014. He "is pleased with this new stage in the international cooperation policy led by the Musée national Picasso-Paris ".

As French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has highlighted during his official visit to China on June 22-25, the exhibition conforms to the bilateral cultural relation between China and France. It echoes President Macron’s wish, pronounced during his visit to China last January, to see more exhibitions from major French museums come to China, and from Chinese museums to France.

  The Mandolinist , Paris, autumn 1911, 162 x 71 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris  © Succession Picasso 2018
       
     

The Mandolinist, Paris, autumn 1911, 162 x 71 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris

© Succession Picasso 2018

  Plaster Male Torso , A Coruña, 1893-1894, 49 x 31.5 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris  ©️ Succession Picasso 2018
       
     

Plaster Male Torso, A Coruña, 1893-1894, 49 x 31.5 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris

©️ Succession Picasso 2018

  Mother and Child , Paris, fall 1907, 81 x 60 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris  © Succession Picasso 2018
       
     

Mother and Child, Paris, fall 1907, 81 x 60 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris

© Succession Picasso 2018

  Etudes,  1920-1922, 100 x 81 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris  © Succession Picasso 2018
       
     

Etudes, 1920-1922, 100 x 81 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris

© Succession Picasso 2018