Exhibition traces Picasso's evolution in Moscow

2010-03-02 08:59 BJT


Moscow is playing host to an important, new Picasso exhibition at the Pushkin Museum, which opened just days ago. The exposition traces the artist's creative evolution from his early experimental years to his later philosophical creations.

It's cold here in Moscow, but the art world is all aglow.

Moscow is playing host to an important, new Picasso exhibition at the Pushkin Museum, which opened just days ago.
Moscow is playing host to an important, new Picasso exhibition at the Pushkin
Museum, which opened just days ago.

For three months, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts will serve as the keeper of a unique collection of masterpieces by world-famous Spanish painter, sculptor, and co-founder of the Cubism movement, Pablo Picasso.

Around 240 works are shown at the exhibition. They include paintings, sculptures, graphics, and photography related to different periods of the artist's life - blue, rose, African, Cubism, and surrealism periods.

This display is the largest Picasso exhibit in Russia for 50 years. Not only is it considered to be a great event for the museum, but for the country as well.

Most of the exhibits came from the collection of the Picasso Museum in Paris, which is closed for reconstruction.

Organizers say the Picasso Museum's collection gives a perfect chance to follow the evolution of the great artist's skills from his early works onward.

Mikhail Busev, an art expert, attended the Picasso Museum in Paris several times, and says that this type of show is very difficult to organize.

Mikhail Busev said, "I think in the foreseeable future there will be no other opportunity to see so may pieces of Picasso here in Russia. It is extremely difficult just to gather such a wonderful exhibition and collection, and to get it only from one museum is practically impossible."

Russia's First Lady Svetlana Medvedev attended the opening of the exhibition.

The event runs through May 23rd.