February 17, 2016
By Zari Tarazona
The work of the legendary Pablo Picasso is coming to the City of Brotherly Love. The Barnes Foundation in collaboration with the Columbus Museum of Art will bring Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change to the city, along with work from Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Diego Rivera.
The exhibit includes 50 of Picasso’s works from 1912 to 1924 during the First World War, as well as family programs for the kids, Picasso workshops, and lectures based on the famed artist.
Picasso is mainly known for using cubism, except for some of his work done during the First World War. Barnes Manging Curator Martha Lucy says that the dramatic fluctuations in Picasso’s style of work during the war is a focus of the exhibition. “What happened during the war is cubism starts to take on political meanings even though artists didn’t mean for it to be political, cubist paintings started to be interpreted as anti-French, unpatriotic; classicism on the other hand was the way you were supposed to paint if you were a true patriot.”
During the war Picasso began to shift away from cubism to a more naturalistic style, however he did not completely abandon cubism. “He doesn’t have one style during the war and that in some ways is kind of the whole point of the show. It’s this very unusual moving back and forth between very fragmented forms, kind of what you think of when you think of cubism where you can barely even make out what the subject is and on the other hand sort of conservative almost realistic,” Lucy says.
The exhibit, which runs throughout May, includes paintings, drawings, watercolors from the artist, as well as 10-foot-tall cubist costumes he designed for the avant-garde ballet, Parade.