Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, Tate Modern’s first solo exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work ever staged, will open on 8 March 2018 in the Eyal Ofer Galleries. Curated by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Director of Exhibitions, Tate Modern, this highly-anticipated exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Musée National-Picasso, Paris, where it will be curated by Laurence Madeline from 10 October 2017 to 11 February 2018.
More than 100 outstanding paintings, sculptures and works on paper will demonstrate the Spanish master’s prolific personality and focus on an exceptional year: 1932. His paintings reached a new level of sensuality and reached new levels of creativity.
‘Picasso famously described painting as “just another form of keeping a diary”. This exhibition will invite you to get close to the artist, to his ways of thinking and working, and to the tribulations of his personal life at a pivotal moment in his career.’ Achim Borchardt-Hume, Director of Exhibitions, Tate Modern and co-curator of the exhibition said.
In his personal life, throughout 1932, Picasso kept a delicate balance between his wife Olga Khokhlova and his passionate love affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter, 28 years his junior. An insatiable lover. Realist portraits of Olga and Paulo revealed Picasso’s feelings of pride and tenderness for his family, while his sexually charged new paintings revealed for the first time the presence of the secret woman in his life.
Highlights will include Jeune fille devant un miroir (Girl before a Mirror), a signature painting that rarely leaves The Museum of Modern Art, and the legendary Le rêve (The Dream), a virtuoso masterpiece depicting the artist’s muse in ecstatic reverie, which has never been exhibited in the UK before.