Picasso and Rivera, Conversations in Time at Palace of Fine Arts

March 30, 2017
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There was a moment in history in which Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso were comrades, and dedicated their meetings to discuss modern art in people’s lives, cubism, the immeasurable power of a canvas and all those subjects that kept the geniuses of the early twentieth century restless.

The differences between these two painters are many, we could start by saying that Picasso was born in Malaga, a small province in southern Spain, while Rivera was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. Pablo began his career almost at birth, it is said that his first word was “brush”, and Diego had to cross the prejudices of his father to find his voice as an artist.

In fact, if one stands in front of their respective paintings, you will discover that there is a universe of distance between the techniques and themes they present. While Diego Rivera painted the great walls of Mexico with a rationalist aesthetic, Picasso was dedicated to perfecting Cubism, to make its language and to build its poetics.

They met in 1913, Rivera was a young painter who dreamed of being part of the European vanguards that ruled the world of art. In one of his days in Paris he met Picasso, a living legend, who immediately adopted him. From that moment a relationship of love and hate was generated between them, that ended when the Mexican accused the malagueño of plagiarizing his painting Paisaje Zapatista.

From then on, their paths separated, but the similarities between Rivera and Picasso began to add up. Both sought with their art to give a certain dignity to their people. The two used as inspiration the legacy of ancient civilizations (Greece, Rome and Mesoamerica) to make their canvases more intimate.

But the greatest coincidence lies in the fact that their paintings deal essentially with the human condition. While the controlling man of the universe makes us part of a utopia, Guernica unmasks the terror of war. Picasso painted Dora, Rivera to Frida and we could stay an eternity analyzing its creations.

In order to celebrate this implied union in their art, Bellas Artes will bring to Mexico the exhibition: Picasso and Rivera: Conversations in Time, a sample that has collected 100 paintings and engravings of the two geniuses and that has presented with great success in many places of the world.

The exhibition will reach CDMX on June 14, 2017 and the venue will be of course the famous Palace of Fine Arts. From that date on, the people of the capital will be able to admire a series of unique pieces that have seldom come out of museums or personal collections.

Picasso and Rivera, Conversations in Time will not only present the first works of the artists, their self-portraits and a series of paintings that defined their creative life. It will also show visitors how that subtle dialogue these two geniuses once had, in some studio filled with canvases waiting to hold all the great works to come.





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