January 27, 2016
By Rebecca Milzoff
February 13 and February 21: Pairing Picasso and Picasso: the Great War, Experimentation and Change open at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Barnes Foundation
Pablo Picasso’s work continues to be a limitless font of inspiration for museums; to wit, two major shows this month take different tacks at interpreting the Spanish master’s art. In Boston, the MFA explores Picasso’s techniques and motivations by pairing his works with each other, in an exhibition drawing from the collections of the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerand, private collections, and the MFA’s own archives. For the first time in the U.S., the MFA’s 1963 painted edition of Rape of the Sabine Women will hang alongside Picasso’s 1962 monochrome version; other pairings include a painting and aquatint made within one day of each other and a painting and bronze both resembling model Fernande Olivier. In Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation partners with Ohio’s Columbus Museum of Art to look at Picasso’s work in the turbulent years between 1912 and 1924, placing the artist’s paintings, watercolors, drawings and even costumes within the context of contemporaries like Rivera, Matisse and Leger (the exhibit travels to Columbus in June).
Museum of Fine Arts; 465 Huntington Ave., Boston; 617-267-9200; mfa.org. The Barnes Foundation; 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia; 215-278-7000; barnesfoundation.org.