French and Spanish governments join forces to commemorate Picasso’s legacy – ARTnews.com

With the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death next year, France and Spain will join forces to organize an international exhibition dedicated to the artist’s legacy which will see performances staged across Europe and in the States United in 2023.

Together, the two European nations set up a commission of cultural space leaders to lead the event, which has been dubbed “The Picasso Celebration 1973-2023”.

At the head of the commission, Cécile Debray, president of the Picasso Museum Paris. She will work alongside the artist’s grandson, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, who founded a museum dedicated to Picasso in Andalusia, to set up the government-backed program.

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Forty exhibitions and events are planned at museums and arts organizations in Europe and North America. Details of how the project will be funded were not disclosed.

The agreement to organize the series of events was reached during the last edition of the Franco-Spanish Summit, a forum that aims to strengthen diplomatic relations between neighboring countries. As part of the agenda for the talks that took place on March 15 in the French province of Montauban, members of the two governments discussed topics related to sustainability, immigration and defence. They also discussed issues related to the cultural sectors of the two countries, which are still recovering from the impact of the pandemic.

According to a statement issued by the French Ministry of Culture, the commission in charge of the series of transnational events was created to promote Picasso as an artist “who embodies the founding principles of Europe, made up of democratic states , defenders of human rights and freedom”. of expression”.

The statement quoted Picasso’s famous painting from 1937 Guernicacurrently housed in the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, as a key ‘anti-war symbol’.

In February, members of the European Union government posed symbolically in front of a tapestry version of the painting that has long hung at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The photograph was intended to signal support for an end to the war in Ukraine.

In a statement, spokespersons for the culture and foreign affairs ministries of France and Spain said their Picasso project aims to be “one of the major European and international cultural events of the coming years”.

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