Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Pablo, Pablo, What's your secret?

Of course, Picasso had more secrets than just one: secret affairs, secret wives, secret ingredients… The most famous artist of the world remains largely…a mystery.  A retrospective of three decades of his work is now held in Kunsthaus Zürich, where in 1932 Pablo Picasso had his first museum exposition. 
 ´The Painter and his Model´ (1927). Image courtesy of Focus Magazin
Last sunny Saturday afternoon was perfect for wandering the narrow streets of Niederdorf, Zürich, stopping at cafés for a cup of Glühwein or hot chocolate, observing the sun go down; and stepping into the Kunsthaus to marvel at Picasso’s work. And wonder. And whisper: “Pablo, Pablo, What’s your secret?” Only the asymmetrical heroines of his paintings looked laughingly at me and remained silent. Oh, they knew the secret, I am certain…
Installation view, photo © jpg-factory.com
Pablo Picasso
The Yellow Belt: Marie-Thérèse, 1932
Courtesy Nahmad Collection, Switzerland
© 2009 ProLitteris, Zurich
 Pablo Picasso, Bathers with Beach Ball (Baigneuses au ballon), 1928, Oil on canvas, 15,9 x 21,9 cm
Private collection © 2010 ProLitteris, Zurich
Installation view, photo © FBM Studio Zürich
More information on the retrospective of Picasso's work in Zürich you can find at www.kunsthaus.ch  
Until January 30, 2011
Kunsthaus Zürich
Heimplatz 1
CH–8001 Zurich
Opening times:
Sat/Sun/Tues 10am–6pm
Wed–Fri 10am–8pm
Closed Mondays

Here is a fragmend of a documentery film Le Mystère Picasso by Henri-Georges Clouzot , made in 1955 . (You might want to switch off the music - scroll a little lower and on the right side - to hear the masters comments while he is working).

So, what is your secret?..


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