Flammarion publishes a brilliant exhibition catalogue for Picasso-Giacometti, presented at the Picasso Museum in Paris from 4 October 2016 to 5 February 2017. This show remains one of the most fascinating exhibitions pairing two masters in the last two years. Picasso-Giacometti was curated in partnership with the Fondation Giacometti and featured more than 200 works by both artists alongside archival materials in the newly-renovated Hôtel Salé. These artifacts, documents, letters, notebooks and sketches highlighted the connections between these two artists – a relationship both friendly and formal -, and the mutual interest that they shared during key moments of their lives. From the end of the 1930s, the two transformed their practice and shared questions and theories of art and its relation to reality, which the painter-sculptor and the sculptor painter responded to in different formal solutions.
Picasso famously said that “bad artists copy and good artists steal”, and this quote is easily understandable when exploring the richly illustrated pages (186 colour illustrations) and captivating texts by authors and editors Serena Bucalo-Mussely, Virginie Duchêne, Catherine Grenier, and Agnès de La Beaumelle.
Flammarion’s beautiful book brings together new essays by art historians – the curators of the exhibition – as well as an anthology of historic texts dedicated to these two artists and continues the dialogue explored at Musée national Picasso-Paris.