On 8th April 1973, one of the greatest artists of all times passed away. This summer, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his death, three exhibitions on the Riviera pay tribute to him.
Blue period, pink period, cubist period, neoclassical, sculptor, ceramist. An artist unlike any other. Picasso is a concentrate of strong emotions. And his art bears the stigmata … an explosion of pictures, a visual rapture. Three variations of a legend, three exhibitions in Monte-Carlo, Cannes and Antibes will revive all the furious torrent of his creativity in an ecstatic plea for life. “Dance on me, beyond life and death”, the artist seems to be imploring. “Ecce homo” … No, ecce Picasso!
From Monte-Carlo to Antibes
In Monte-Carlo, the Grimaldi Forum is exhibiting the unknown or little known works of Picasso, in its Monaco fête Picasso. Divided into two parts, one displays 115 major works, on loan from the remarkable Nahmad private collection. This collection covers all the creative spectrum of the artist and invites us to a retrospective of his highly emotional art. The other takes us to Picasso et la Côte d’Azur, fifty or so works that illustrate the artist’s close ties with the region, bathed in its distinctive light that reminded Picasso of his childhood Spain. As an extension to this series of paintings is the exhibition staged at the Musée Picasso in Antibes, which again highlights Picasso and the Riviera, featuring his post-war production.
Picasso in Cannes
On the Croisette, the Malmaison illustrates another aspect of Picasso, one devoted to nudes, with the exhibition Picasso, le nu en liberté. Numerous works presented for the occasion are on loan from the collection belonging to Marina Picasso, the artist’s granddaughter. Here the artist pays homage to women in his own fashion. Taking on the form of a barbaric and mythological idol, enveloped in a fragrance of mystery, is his idolization of women, portrayed by models and the women of his life. The Cannes exhibition is a double act, with Les Chemins du Sud, featuring giant photos depicting Picasso on the Riviera that are visible to all between Vallauris, Cannes and Mougins, the three towns that are forever engraved with his name.