PREVIEW: Picasso and Paper, Royal Academy of Arts

The exhibition will be on display to the public from the 25th January.

Women at Their Toilette, Paris, winter 1937–38
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau.

January 2020 will see the Royal Academy of Arts displaying a new exhibition titled Picasso and Paper, exploring Picasso’s imaginative and original uses of paper.

Displaying over 300 pieces of work to cover the entirety of Picasso’s career, the exhibition will concentrate on the ways in which the artist worked on and with paper to offer new insights into his working practise.

Pablo Picasso is considered to be one of the most important artists of the 20th century, working across a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, ceramics and graphic arts. But he also invented a
universe of art involving paper. He drew, using many different media, such as watercolour and pastel, he assembled collages of cut-and-pasted papers; created sculptures from pieces of torn and burnt paper; produced both documentary photographs and manipulated photographs on paper; and spent decades investigating an array of printmaking techniques on paper supports.

This new exhibition will feature highlight works such as Women at Their Toilette, winter 1937-38 (Musée national Picasso-Paris), which will be exhibited in the UK for the first time in over 50 years; Cubist papiers-collés such as Violin, 1912 (Musée national Picasso-Paris); and studies for Les
Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907 including Bust of Woman or Sailor (Study for ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’), 1907 (Musée national Picasso-Paris).

Throughout Picasso and Paper, a number of themes will feature to help place into context Picasso’s paper works which will be displayed alongside a select number of closely related paintings and sculptures. One section will focus particularly on the materials and techniques used by Picasso
over the course of his career – including an early woodcut printed by hand using a salad bowl as the block and the collaborative photograms he made with Dora Maar and later with André Villers.

Many of the pieces on display in the exhibition will be on loan from the Musée national Picasso Paris.

Picasso and Paper will be on display at the Royal Academy of Arts from the 25th January until the 13th April 2020.

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