Exile & nostalgia. Unknown drawings and illustrated books by Picasso in the Arias Family collection

24 October 2019 - 2 February 2020
"Picador de pie". Dibujo de Picasso

Picasso Foundation Birthplace House & Museum’s Exhibition Room
Plaza de la Merced, 13

Open daily 09.30-20.00 (including holidays).
24 and 31 December: 09.30-15.00.
Closed: 25 December and 1 January.
The public's admission will end 15 minutes before the closing of the Museum.
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Temporary exhibitions (Exhibition Room at Plaza de la Merced, 13) with audio guide : 3 €
Combined ticket: Birthplace Museum and temporary exhibitions + audio guides: 4 €
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Curator: Carlos Ferrer Barrera

The Picasso Birthplace House & Museum presents around one hundred drawings, almost all still unknown,coming from the heirs of Eugenio Arias, Picasso’s closeand intimate friend during 26 years.The exhibition comprises a series of drawings on newspapers dated from 1962 to 1968, and a copy of the book Dibujos y escritos, reworked by Picasso for his friendwith 35 drawings, a wonderful Bearded man amongthem. Four illustrated books and other drawings and inscriptions complete the exhibition.

Shortly after Eugenio Arias died, his family found a bundleof pages from the Spanish ABC newspaper where Picasso left signs on the fringes of bullfighting chronicles, mined with drawings alluding to the subject and with the surname “Arias” handwritten, a call to the recipient of such a particular correspondence.

It is a group of 67 pages (four of them double) of the friendly correspondence between two aficionados, made between 1962 and 1968. It contains from signs and doodles to highlight a story to small drawings of bulls, bullfighters, picadors or scenes of the bullfight, in a kindof artistic entertainment of great spontaneity.

The collection includes a copy of the book Dibujos y escritos, published in 1961 by Camilo José Cela (awardedin 1989 with the Nobel Prize of Literature) and personalized by the painter in 1966 as a birthday gift for his friend Eugenio. Among its pages there are two inscriptions and 35 pages enhanced with drawings, arabesques and decorative strokes with felt-tip pen.

In the set there are also four illustrated books with 77 original prints that, with the exception of Pierre Reverdy’s Sable mouvant (1966), share the common link of the Spanish theme: Sueño y mentira de Franco (1937), Carmen by Prosper Mérimée (1949) and La tauromaquia by Pepe-Hillo (1959).

The collection is completed with inscriptions and drawings such as the Pass with cape made on 26 January1961, which opens the barber’s visitor’s book. There is also a copy of the book Picasso en Cataluña decorated with gouache and a little catalogue with a photographic portrait of Picasso retouched with felt-tip pen withsatirical spirit.

Exile and nostalgia is an excellent opportunity to see,for the first time, intimate works of the painter whobroke down the borders of art and expanded its limits atthe beginning of the 20th century.


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