Pablo Picasso’s lithographs can be seen at the Podlaskie Museum in Białystok (Podlaskie Voivodeship). These are works from series dealing with the theme of war and peace and depicting corrida scenes. The exhibition will be open until February 7.
As one of the curators of the exhibition, Anna Topolewicz, said, the museum was looking for an exhibition that could arouse interest and would present art that had not yet been presented in this institution.
The exhibition presents Pablo Picasso’s lesser-known lithographs. – Everyone will recognize Picasso by his paintings, and we focused on a less known field of art, i.e. lithography. During his artistic activity, he created about 200 such works, said Anna Topolewicz.
“War and Peace” and bullfights
She emphasized that the exhibition focuses on two key topics that had a significant impact on the artist’s life and his works: war and peace and bullfighting.
The Białystok exhibition opens with a series of lithographs “Los Toros” depicting bullfights created in the 1960s. The curator said that the corrida was a common recurring motif in Picasso’s work. – It showed his fascination with mythology and culture Spainbut also tauromachia (i.e. corrida – PAP) – she added.
The “War and Peace” series is presented in a separate space, where in one part of the room you can see works about peace, and in the other – about war. These are works from the 1950s, made in the famous Parisian printing house – Atelier Mourlot. The curator emphasized that these lithographs were “the artist’s manifesto against the war and its cruelty, but also a testimony to his activities for peace.”
Next to the lithograph are Picasso’s photographs
The series is accompanied by photographs. In the part about peace – showing Picasso’s commitment to peace, such as: his participation in the World Congress of Intellectuals in Defense of Peace, which took place in 1948 in Wrocław. However, in the part devoted to the war, you can see several photos taken by the artist while painting one of the most famous paintings, “Guernica”, considered Picasso’s manifesto against the war.
The exhibition, which is presented in the museum’s main seat, the Town Hall, can be viewed until February 7. It will be accompanied by workshops and curator tours are also planned. The exhibition was organized in cooperation with Epicentrum Art Gallery.
Main photo source: PAP/Artur Reszko