An immersive Picasso exhibit makes its US premiere in San Francisco this week

First it was Vincent van Gogh, and now Pablo Picasso is in the spotlight. make one giant projector.

Imagine Picasso, an immersive multimedia experience produced by the same creative team behind the immersive Imagine Van Gogh exhibit, is set to make its U.S. debut on Wednesday, February 9 at Skylight at The Armory. The exhibition started out in Lyon, France, before moving to Quebec, Vancouver and now San Francisco.

The exhibition uses more than 200 paintings from museum collections, including the Picasso Museum in Paris, the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, ​​the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) in New York, and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, as well as private collections. . These images are then projected onto origami structures – inspired by some of Picasso’s later works – which are up to 26 feet tall.

“It’s very interesting for visitors to see Pablo Picasso in a new way,” said Olivier Widmaier Picasso, Picasso’s grandson. The journey awaits you in a report. “I think this exhibition would have pleased my grandfather a lot because he was above all a man of freedom.”

A legendary artist

Born in Malaga, Spain in 1881, “Picasso attended art schools in his native Spain and by his late teens aligned his sensibility with the bohemian writers and artists of Barcelona and Madrid who opposed Spain’s social hierarchies and conservative culture,” the National Gallery of Art explains. “After early works inspired by international models – the anguished and subdued figures of El Greco, the dark, brooding outlines of Symbolism and the sinuous curves of Art Nouveau to name a few – Picasso began to find your own vision.”

Picasso is perhaps best known for his cubist work. After all, he and French artist Georges Braque co-founded the art movement known as Cubism in 1909.

However, Picasso was, if nothing else, eclectic. Other pieces of his work are known as great works of the classicism and surrealist movements.

Picasso was also known for his prodigious output. Indeed, during his lifetime, Picasso produced approximately 147,800 pieces. Of this work, 13,500 are paintings, 100,000 are prints and etchings, 300 are sculptures and ceramics, and 34,000 are illustrations.

You may know The old guitarist. This remarkable piece belonged to Picasso’s so-called “blue period”, when he only used shades of blue to explore themes of poverty and suffering.

And then there is Guernica, which may very well be Picasso’s best-known work. The eerie painting – in muted shades of gray – depicts an aerial bombardment over the Basque town of Guernica in April 1937, during the Spanish Civil War.

Picasso died in 1972 at the age of 91.

The immersive approach

French filmmaker and photographer Albert Plécy invented the concept of Image Totale in 1977 to immerse the viewer in an image. His granddaughter, Annabelle Mauger, worked directly with Plecy.

Imagine Picasso was conceptualized by Mauger and Julien Baron to offer a new perspective on Picasso’s work.

“We created this exhibition so that guests can enter Picasso’s paintings through a dialogue of detail and depth,” said Mauger, creator of Imagine Picasso and the original creator of Van Gogh’s first immersive exhibition. The journey awaits you in a report. “It is important that people of all ages, backgrounds and artistic backgrounds have the same opportunity to discover his works. Immersive exhibits open the door for younger generations to celebrate his work, allowing Picasso’s legacy and influence to live on.

How to Enjoy Imagine Picasso

Imagine Picasso is an 8 week limited engagement at Skylight at The Armory in San Francisco. Tickets for the exhibition, which will run from February 9 to March 27, are on sale now.

You can buy tickets here.

Finally, it should be noted that Imagine Picasso will be following all CDC and City of San Francisco COVID-19 protocols, including operating at reduced capacity. Proof of vaccination is required for entry and masks must be worn at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

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