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Picasso and antiquity

A dialogue between the great Spanish artist and greek ancient art at the Museum of Cycladic Art.

Picasso and antiquity

A dialogue between the great Spanish artist and greek ancient art at the Museum of Cycladic Art.

This great artist of the 20th century created some unique paintings, but only a few people are familiar with his sketches, engravings and ceramics. “If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a minotaur”, stated Pablo Picasso, who was deeply influenced by iconography, the symbols and myths of ancient Greek culture. The exhibition “Picasso and Antiquity. Line and Clay” curated by Professor Nikolas Chr. Stambolidis and Olivier Berggruen, opens up a dialogue between the great Spanish artist and his rare ceramics depicting sea creatures, quadrupeds, human figures and mythological scenes, with the ancient works from the Creto-Myceanean and Greek civilisations. At the same time, items inspired by the exhibition – many decorative ceramics and an important series of publications on Pablo Picasso – are featured in the Cycladic Shop. Look for them!

(From 20/06 to 20/10, Neophytou Douka 4, metro: Evangelismos, +30 210 7228321-3, Museum Of Cycladic Art).

Left: Pablo Picasso, Woman, Vallauris, 1949. Madrid, Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte. Right: Marble statuette of Aphrodite. Roman period. Athens, Museum of Ancient Agora. © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports/Ephorate of Antiquities of the City of Athens.
Pablo Picasso, The Owl. Vallauris, 12 December 1952. Madrid, Fundacion Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte. On temporary loan to the Museo Picasso Malaga. © Succession Picasso 2019
Clay ‘Teapot’, Vasiliki, near Ierapetra, c. 2400 – 2200 BC © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports/Archaeological Museum of Herakleion. / Pablo Picasso, Bird. Vallauris, 1947-1948 Madrid, Fundacion Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte. On temporary loan to the Museo Picasso Malaga. © Succession Picasso 2019
Clay female figurine, Allegedly from Amari, c. 1400 – 1300 BC © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports/ Archaeological Museum of Herakleion / Clay female figurine, Gortyn, rural villa at Kannia, c. 1750 − 1600 BC © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports/ Archaeological Museum of Herakleion / Pablo Picasso, The King Athens, Private Collection

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