Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la Musique
22 Sep → 3 Jan 2021
Tue to Fri from 12 pm to 6 pm. Sat & Sun from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mon.
From youthful drawings sketched in the streets of Barcelona to the last paintings executed in solitude in Mougins, music is an integral part of Pablo Picasso's favourite subjects. It was therefore obvious for the Philharmonic to propose an exhibition on this close relationship that the Spanish master had with music! His paintings of Andalusian life are populated with traditional instruments, especially tambourines on whose skin he also paints. In his garden in the heights of Cannes, his sculptures of flute players find their place between the crazy vegetation and the dovecote. During his cubist period, the instruments replace the musicians. Through various supports and techniques, he diverts the perception of the instrument, from the sacred symbolism to the experimental object. His collaboration with the sets and costumes of the ballets between 1917 and 1924 brought him into the realm of total art. In all his houses, instruments are accumulated while he travels the concert halls of Paris with his musician friends. Through the ode to life that it embodies, music cultivates for Picasso a sensitive link with reality. In this same pursuit of life, it thus irrigates his works, in all forms and formats.