Tate Modern will stage its first Picasso exhibition in 2018
The Tate Modern will hold its first ever solo exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work in 2018, it announced today.
The exhibition, set to open in March next year, will focus on 1932, a pivotal year in the artist’s life. Titled The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, it will explore what has been described as his ‘year of wonders’.
Featuring over 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, it will explore the complexity of his works as well as a crucial time in his personal life. 1932 was the year in which he reached a high status of celebrity and was thought to be producing some of his best work, whilst trying to balance his care for his wife and son with a passionate love affair with a woman 28 years his junior.
His lover, Marie-Therese Walter, had fallen seriously ill by the end of the year after swimming in the river Marne, and Picasso reflected the event in his work. Throughout 1932, his paintings exposed the contradictions in his life, from a life divided between country and city to a personal life torn between domestic duty and his passionate love affair.
The exhibition will include major loans from around the world, including Girl Before a Mirror, borrowed from the Museum of Modern Art, and The Dream, which has never been exhibited in the UK before.
The exhibition runs from March 8 – September 9, 2018; tate.org.uk