Press Release

Picasso Sculptor. Matter and Body

  • Dates: September 29, 2023, to January 14, 2024
  • Curator: Carmen Giménez, with the participation of Lucía Agirre
  • The exhibition and the accompanying educational and public activities are organized with the support of the National Commission to Commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Death of Pablo Picasso as part of the Picasso Celebration 1973–2023, with Telefónica as the corporate partner company in Spain.

- Picasso created sculptures throughout nearly his entire artistic career with the freedom of a selftaught artist prepared to break all the rules.
- This survey of nearly sixty years of sculptural work is a unique approach to the history of art through Cubism, abstraction, primitivism, and the found object, showing the evident crossdisciplinary fertilization in Picasso’s oeuvre.
- Although it was his least known production at the time of its execution, numerous photographs of Picasso’s studios and residences testify to the constant presence of sculpture in his most intimate surroundings.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Picasso Sculptor. Matter and Body, an exhibition centered on
matter and the human figure that brings together more than 50 sculptures created between 1909 and 1962
and covers the full range of styles used by Pablo Picasso throughout his career to represent the forms of
the human body. Testing the limits between sculpture and painting, and those between project and
finished work, this journey through nearly sixty years of Picasso’s sculptures constitutes a historical survey
of Cubism, abstraction, primitivism, and the found object.



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