Windows are an underlying motif in all of Pablo Picasso’s oeuvres. To him, windows were not simply an everyday object as the exhibition “Picasso. Window to the World” in Hamburg will reveal when doors open on Saturday. Windows are central to the show as they symbolized painting for the Spanish artist. A window addresses visualization and opens up the space between the interior and exterior. It symbolizes human relationships and transcends the boundary between painting and sculpture, according to the announcement.
Curated by Ortrud Westheider, the exhibition interprets windows as a painted theory of pictures. The exhibition in the Bucerius Kunst Forum runs through May 16, 2016 and includes around 40 works lent by international collections such as the Museum Picasso in Barcelona, Museo Picasso in Malaga, Musée Picasso in Paris, the Tate in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Window motif marks reorientation
During periods of artistic reorientation, Picasso (1881-1973) returned to the window motif again and again and used it to examine basic artistic issues. Such topics occurred during transitions to a new phase in his work, for instance, after Cubism, and in the interaction with his sculptures, or in his ongoing discourse with Henri Matisse.
As an 18-year-old painter in his Barcelona studio, Picasso painted his first series of windows. Since the Renaissance, windows have been a space onto which was reality was projected. Yet in Picasso’s works, a window marks the interface between the artist and his world. The accompanying event programme of lectures, talks, concerts, a pub quiz and poetry slam will shine the spotlight on Pablo Picasso and his oeuvres.
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