Picasso and friends on show
By Barry Wright WORKS by the likes of revered artists such as Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Eduardo Chillida and Antoni Tàpies are being exhibited for the first time in Murcia thanks to collaboration between the Fundación Telefónica and Murcia city hall.
Entitled Destacados (distinguished), the exhibition contains 120 ‘iconic’ works of 20th century art, ranging from cubism and surrealism, through to informalism and abstraction which are on display at the Palacio Almudí in Murcia city until November 12.
The pieces chosen for the exhibition allow the visitor to obtain a ‘brief overview of some of the most interesting chapters that occurred in the history of art inside and outside our (Spain’s) borders throughout the twentieth century’.
The exhibition has been compiled from works in the Fundación Telefónica collection, and is divided into three sections: echoes of the vanguards, sign and form, and towards other paths.
The first area represents, through a selection of works acquired in recent decades, some of the most important movements at the vanguard of the early 20th century: from the cubism of Juan Gris and Louis Marcoussis, the modern personality of Luis Fernandez, the surrealism of René Magritte and Paul Delvaux, to the overwhelming creativity of Pablo Picasso highlighted by three works created using different techniques and from different stages of his development.
The ‘sign and form’ section will immerse visitors in the work of three greats of Spanish international art: Chillida, Tàpies and Antonio Saura.
Following the Second World War, art went through a state of malaise with the net result being informalism - a complex and diverse style influenced by matter, gesture and absence of form. Informalism spread across Europe to the United States and can be seen in the works of the above artists.
The third section ‘towards other paths’ contains works published following the creation of the magazine Telos, a publication containing ‘thought on communication, technology and society’.
For 15 years commencing in 1984 the magazine featured a booklet containing original works by invited artists. Works by more than 40 artists spanning different generations, styles and artistic languages appeared in the booklet.
Contributions by Eduardo Arroyo, Gordillo, Soledad Sevilla and Guillermo Pérez Villalta and others are on display in the exhibition.
Palacio Almudí is situated at Plano de San Francisco, 8 and is open from Monday to Saturday from 12.00-14.00 and 18.00-21.00 and Sundays from 11.00-14.00.
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The exhibition contains 120 ‘iconic’ works of 20th century art from cubism and surrealism