The window motif can be found throughout Picasso’s entire body of work. Windows represented much more than simple everyday objects. A window addresses the issue of visualization, and for Picasso it symbolized painting itself. It invokes the studio as a place of creation where the painter can bring home the world. It opens up the space and communicates between the interior and exterior. The window symbolizes human relationships as well as transcends the boundary between painting and sculpture. It represents the artist and acts as a substitute for the selfportrait.
Interface Between the Artist and the World
Even in his early work, Picasso used the window motif to mark the interface between the artist and his world. By concealing a window with a curtain or blocking it with a canvas, he placed it on equal footing with painting. In his late work Picasso continued to explore the window motif, which always contained the artist’s reflection of himself.
During periods of artistic reorientation, he repeatedly returned to the subject of windows and used them to examine fundamental artistic questions. These occurred during transitions to a new phase in his work such as his fresh start following Cubism, and in the interaction with his sculptures, or in his ongoing dialog with Henri Matisse. He created series of window motifs that he presented in exhibitions immediately upon their completion. Picasso’s window paintings contain his painted theory of images.
Curated by Ortrud Westheider, the exhibition interprets the window as painted artistic theory. From 6 February to 16 May 2016, the Bucerius Kunst Forum will illustrate it by 40 work, including loans from international collections such as the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, the Museo Picasso, Malaga, the Musée Picasso, Paris and the Tate, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, or the MoMA, New York. Some 50 photographs of photographers like Robert Doisneau, Edward Quinn or David Douglas Duncan will show window as determining elements in Picasso’s life and work .
Concerts, Pub Quiz & Poetry Slam
The events programme will company the exhibition by lectures, discussions, concerts, a pub quiz and a poetry slam. Tickets for all events are now available online. With the discount culture ticket, the German Railways offers cheap ways to reach Hamburg.The exhibition is sponsored by ExxonMobil, Bankhaus Lampe, Lampe Asset Management GmbH and Claus und Annegret Budelmann.
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