About two weeks ago, I got to attend a preview and lecture of the Picasso and Chicago exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Curator Stephanie D’Alessandro led the lecture and walked through the long history not only Chicago, but specifically the Art Institute had with Pablo Picasso. Although Picasso never physically visited the city, he did leave one big considerable 50-foot mark :) However, Picasso’s ‘presence’ in the city goes back as far as a hundred years ago, when the Art Institute became the first museum to display Picasso’s work (his work had been shown in New York prior to this, but at a gallery, not a museum).
I think what I found the most exciting about this exhibition is that Picasso’s paintings often get all the credit, but in this exhibit there was SO. MUCH. MORE. There are prints, drawings, sketches, sculptures and even some pieces he made that one time he tried ceramics because he already tried everything else :) The exhibition also allows us to dive right into Picasso’s personal history, meaning we get to hear about his numerous romances and affairs. As I was walking through, I saw two older women excitedly gossiping about his love life, only to be pulled aside by the gallery guard (is that what they are called?) so that she could fill in the details that they were missing.
Above is one of my favorite series in the show, where Picasso takes a full drawing of a bull (top left) and starts exaggerating and abstracting it (the order these were made in is by columns, not rows, so the first one is the top left and the second is the one below it, the third is the first one in the third row and the fourth is the first one in the second column… does that make sense?)
I’m also including a video that the Art Institute posted on the exhibition because it has a great preview of the show. I highly recommend seeing it, I know I’ll be going back at least one more time :)