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I’ve been busy producing an illustrated map of New York City (which is brand new on my website), fine tuning my website and how it functions, and of course, painting and drawing a hell of a lot!
I have been lucky enough to visit The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 at The Tate Modern recently, and I thought I would take this opportunity to share my reaction to the exhibition.
Within this post you will discover what I thought about the show, information to help plan your visit, what you can expect from the exhibition, and deciding if you want to go yourself! (Which is more down to you I’m afraid!)
Planning Your Visit To The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932
The show runs until until 9th September 2018, at The Tate Modern, and is located at Bankside, London SE1 9TG, click here for a link to Google Maps.
It’s roughly an 18 minute walk from Waterloo station (according to Google), and is close to Mansion House, London Bridge and Blackfriars underground stations.
Advanced booking is recommend by The Tate’s website, and I highly recommend it too – as it can get very busy, particularly over the weekend.
The price is £22 for non-members, free for Tate members (members do not need to book in advance either!), concession is £20, 12 – 18 years is £5, and free for under 12s (up to four per family adult).
The price is very reasonable for the amount of work that is on show.
Audio guides are also available for an additional cost – I didn’t buy one this time round, but I’m always impressed with how much I learn and discover from audio guides. So even though I don’t know what it’s like with this show, audio guides are a good investment.
What Was My Take On The Show?
I’ve always been a big fan of Picasso; for his creativity, being a unique individual, and of course, for his brilliance with a paintbrush!
Maybe I’m bias here (as I have always loved his work), but I generally thought the show was excellent.
There was so much to see, and it was staggering how much work Pablo Picasso produced during 1932, just 1 year of his life. Which tells you how much of a monomaniac he was.
A lot of the exhibition focuses his connection with his lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter (who is captured ferociously throughout), and from time to time making you aware that Picasso also had a wife and family too, Olga Khokhlova, and son, Paulo Picasso.
Portraits feature heavily within the exhibition, and one of my favourites (and a popular painting throughout the show), is on display there, titled ‘Le Rêve’ (or ‘The Dream’ in English). Which you can see below.
Another personal favourite was ‘Reading’, which uses brilliant colour and form to describe the female model, ‘La Lecture’ for it’s use of fluid black lines, and ‘Girl Before A Mirror’.
1932 within Picasso’s life was a highly creative and intense period, and with more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings on show, there is so much to look at. Coupled with family photographs and an interesting look into his personal life, helps us paint the picture of the man behind the canvas.
The show stays away from Picasso’s ‘classic’ paintings, like ‘Guernica’ for example, as you get to appreciate other, lesser known artworks that was produced by this great artist.
To be honest, I couldn’t see much ‘tragedy’ that the show advertises, as he seemed to have it all – nice cars, fame, and people who loved his work.
This was my only draw back from the show.
On a positive note, there’s so much to see, listen and absorb. It felt like once was not enough to really take it all in – not taking anything anyway from the show.
To Go Or Not To Go?
Yes absolutely go!
If you want to discover more about Pablo Picasso’s life in more detail and see how much work he did in just 1 year in 1932, revealing more about his personal life in-between, then this is the show for you!
With David Hockney’s show at the Royal Academy and Francis Bacon’s exhibition at Tate Britain that I went to a few years ago, this show is certainly up there with the best!
Find out more about Pablo Picasso’s work, his personal life, and be amazed by the work on show at The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932, Tate Modern.
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