Picasso in Primitive Picasso et les arts Primitifs
The musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac is taking a new look at Picasso and his association with the primitive arts.
This exhibition explores the world of non-western arts as seen, interpreted and appreciated by one of the West’s great artists, Pablo Picasso. The theme has been explored myriad times but this exhibition, entitled Picasso Primitif (Primitive Picasso), is conceived around two complementary approaches revealing the relationship between Picasso and the arts of Africa, Oceania, the Americas and Asia.
This first approach is chronological and historical demonstrating all of the ways by which Picasso maintained and developed relationships with the non-western arts not only during the decisive period when he was working on the gestation of the Demoiselles d’avignon in 1906 and 1907, but which also as his own collection that he conserved his entire life shows, permeated his entire creative period. Documents, letters and photographs recount what he in fact perceived, the circles of art dealers and collectors that he frequented, the exhibitions that he attended and those to which he lent works from his own collection.
The second approach is a conceptual one in which Picasso’s works are juxtaposed with those of non-western artists. Works from the entire world were permanent fixtures in his various studios indicating the dialogue the artist conducted with them. The second part of the show forms the largest part of the exhibition and is divided into three sections exploring Archaism, Metamorphosis and That which is, revolving around an anthropology of art.