Art: The EY Exhibition – Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy

Hi Everyone 🙂

I hope you are all having a great week so far! As promised, the latest update on the Pineapple Chicken Blog is the Picasso 1932 exhibition at Tate Modern. I believe that this has hit London by storm. I wanted to see it the first week it opened but did not manage to get any decent times to visit, so I decided to go at the earliest entrance at 10am on a Sunday morning – as you do 🙂

I love perusing museums and art galleries in peace, so I would go the extra mile to ensure that I go at a relatively quiet time, i.e. anything before 12pm on a weekend. However, there was already a queue to enter and this happened in space of the gates opening to the Tate and me travelling up the escalators!

At the entrance there is a chance to buy an audio guide. I rarely use them but for some reason I decided to spend £4 on the “not so trendy” devices. But alas, IT WAS THE BEST DECISION EVER! I noticed throughout the exhibition there was little to no description for each of the paintings. Most just gave the name of the painting or sculpture. Note, you will be handed a little booklet upon entering the exhibition. A tip for all those who visit, you do not need to read what is on the wall in each of the rooms as it is copied verbatim in your booklet. Spend more time admiring the art! :). The audio guide provided insight into how each painting was produced as well as the economy and society at the time. Honestly, £4 really well spent!!

The exhibition was curated to show most of the artwork produced by Picasso in the year of 1932. It is debated how the artist dated each of his works, so I would argue that 1932 is loosely used subject title. However, this was a period of intense creativity for Picasso and he was clearly a prolific painter. The exhibition had a vast array of paintings shown in the same space for the first time. Indeed, many of the paintings are in private collections. It was exciting to see some of his most infamous paintings in the flesh, such as the “The Dream”. During this time, he used his secret mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, as the focus of many of his paintings. They were intense and loving studies, and I am grateful for the curators Achim Borchardt-Hume and Nancy Ireson for bringing this to London.

Personally, I am a big fan of Picasso, whereas, I have known others who don’t really like his work. The exhibition provided further evidence of Picasso’s phenomenal creativity and his broad spectrum of styles from classicists to cubism is draw dropping. I think you can tell from my glowing review, the exhibition earns, of course, 5/5 pineapples!

I am not sure where I will be off to this weekend as I will be celebrating my anniversary with my other half (not married but we like to celebrate little milestones). However, the weekend after I will be off to Cancun, Mexico! SO EXCITED! Really looking forward to sharing more photos and things to do then! Remember, I love comments, so feel free to like or comment below!

With Sweet & Sour Love,

Pineapple Chicken x

Tickets will be available until 9th September and priced at £22 for adults or half price with the Art Fund card.  

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