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ROMANESQUE PICASSO

December 29, 2016

The years 1906 and 1934 define Picasso’s relationship with Romanesque art. In 1906, in a key moment of his style transformation, the artist settled for some months in a village called Gósol, located in the Catalan Pyrenees. Almost thirty years later, in 1934, he visited the Romanesque collection that can currently be seen in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). It was a very popular event, covered by the Barcelona media at the time. Based on these events, the MNAC is offering ‘Romanesque Picasso’ from 17 November to 26 February.

The exhibition revolves around three topics. The first includes works from 1906 and 1907 picassoromanicand how they relate to the Virgin from Gósol, which could be found in the church of Gósol and can now be found among the MNAC collection. The second topic refers to the tragedy, the Crucifixion, a popular topic in Romanesque art and also a topic that Picasso worked on in different moments of his life, particularly from 1930 to1937. The third topic deals with a very common element in the Romanesque collection at the museum: the skull.

This exhibition, organized together with the Picasso Museum of Paris, includes about 40 works and is housed in the exhibition rooms of Romanesque art from the permanent collection. This display is not intended to establish a mechanical link between Romanesque works and Picasso’s or look for influences, because one of the most remarkable aspects of Picasso’s style was his uniqueness and his capacity to turn any influence into something absolutely different while conserving and improving on the original.

Where:  National Art Museum of Catalonia; C. Mirador Palau Nacional, 6-10, Barcelona

Price: General admission: 8€, reduced rates: 5,60€, Children under 16 years old – free

Time: Until 26th of February 2017, Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sundays 10am – 3pm

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