Review Round Up: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, Tate Modern

Now on display at Tate Modern, this exhibition focuses on Picasso’s busiest creative period to bring new perspective to his life and career. Here’s what critics have had to say about it… 

The Times: ***** “A pivotal year in Picasso’s life shows an extraordinary flowering of art amid infidelity and his intense desire to prove himself relevant.”

The Guardian: ***** ” There is such emotional – as well as formal and pictorial – variety here, whatever the constant preoccupations of Picasso’s art.”

The Telegraph: ***** ” If Picasso’s ruthless monomania prevents the exhibition from being an entirely comfortable experience, comfort isn’t really what you want from the most challenging artist of the 20th century.”

BBC: ***** “Picasso might have been a flawed man, but see this show and be in no doubt, he was a truly great artist.”

Evening Standard: ***** ” the magnetic centre is this group of painted portraits and companion sculptures.”

i News: “In Tate Modern’s first ever show dedicated to Picasso alone, three-quarters of the 100-plus works have never been seen before in Britain. Many come from private collections, and for these alone the exhibition is unmissable.”

The Upcoming: ***** “The paintings (and, indeed, sculptures) on show in Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy are occasionally disturbing, occasionally tender, but always powerful. They give credit to the curators’ bold decision to focus on a single year of the painter’s life as a truly pivotal time in his career.”

Culture Whisper: **** ” While the biographical nature of this show is sure to raise a few eyebrows, this is unmissable stuff that attempts to dismantle the myth around the man we think we know so well. Picasso 1932 is erotic, often brutal but everything we hoped it would be.”

Time Out: **** “It’s a slow burn of show, but there are some truly beautiful artworks on display, such as ‘Rest’ and ‘Woman Sleeping’ – two surprisingly tender, intimate portraits counterbalancing the rows of sexed-up, spot-the-hidden-phallus paintings.”

London Mums Magazine: “The exhibition brings these complex artistic and personal dynamics to life with more than 100 outstanding paintings, sculptures and works on paper which demonstrate his prolific and restlessly inventive character.”

Victoria It is remarkable that Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy is the Tate Modern’s first ever solo exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s works, but they have marked this grand occasion with one of their most ambitious shows in its history. We are so familiar with the man’s works – his style (whichever one it is that day) is instantly recognisable – that it seems that there is no show that can shed new light on to the man’s many talents, yet this exhibition achieves just that. Revealing, insightful and one mightily impressive show.”

City AM:**** ” Where it does succeed is in driving home the sheer audacity of genius.”

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy is on display at Tate Modern until the 9th September. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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