Pablo Picasso, Tete da taureau, 1950.
The exhibition intends to continue the work of investigation on the concept of sculpture that the Museum has been carrying out for many years through masters of different eras. Designed as a journey through the centuries, following the chronological thread of the plastic interpretation of the forms, the event presents 56 masterpieces of the great master made from 1905 to 1964, photographs of unpublished ateliers and videos that tell the context in which the sculptures were born .
It was during his trip to Rome and Naples in 1917 that Picasso was able to confront himself for the first time in situ with the sculpture of Roman antiquity, with the Renaissance, but also with the Pompeian wall paintings. A visit to the Galleria Borghese allowed him to study Bernini's sculptures, of which he also found his works in the Basilica of San Pietro in the Vatican, which also unveiled the Michelangelo of the Sistine Chapel.
The exhibition at the Galleria Borghese will take into account his experience of contact with Italian art to return to reflect on great themes related to painting and especially to sculpture from the Renaissance onwards.
Most of the critics who recognized the influence of the great masters on Picasso's pictorial work, in fact, could not estimate the impact that the knowledge of the art of the past had on his sculpture. As a consequence of this the visual and conceptual consonances generated by the dialogue proposed with the exhibition at the Galleria Borghese will open new fields of reflection.
(Photo courtesy of the Galleria Borghese.)