Köln: Portraits of Picasso
Picasso parrain de Olivia Clergue, 1967 © Lucien Clergue
Cecil Beaton Pablo Picasso, 1933 Museum Ludwig, Köln/Sammlung Gruber © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sothehy's, London
Brassaï,Picasso vor Henri Rousseaus Porträt von »Jadwiga«, 1932 Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung, Aachen © bpk – Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte
Denise Colomb Picasso in Antibes, 1952 Médiathèque de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Fort de Saint-Cyr © bpk – Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte
Dora Maar Portrait de Picasso, Atelier Rue d’Astorg 29, Paris, Winter 1935/36 Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Paris
Man Ray Picasso avec Yvonne Zervos © Man Ray Trust Paris / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011
Michel Sima Picasso et le hibou, 1946 Galerie Fischer Auktionen AG, Luzern © Courtesy Dr. Kuno Fischer Galerie, Luzern
André Villers, Picasso als Popeye, Cannes 1957 Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung, Aachen © André Villers
David Douglas Duncan, Picasso,Villa La Californie, Cannes 1960 Privatsammlung © Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin
When Doctor Ludwig founder of the same name museum celebrated his 70th birthday, his friends and Fritz Gruber was among them gave him the centennial portfolio prepared by Lucien Clergue with 15 silver prints that are exhibited today in the Ludwig Museum in Koln.
When he was young Doctor Ludwig did a thesis on Picasso and had since gathered the third largest collection of the artist. In this exhibition presented at the Ludwig Museum until January 15th 2012 Doctor Kerstin Stremmel wants to show that the face of Picasso is as well known as his oeuvre . He was portrayed by the most famous photographers and some of these pictures have become iconic.
Thus the exhibition MeMyselfand photo portraits of Picasso brings together prints from 250 photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton,Henri Cartier Bresson, Lee Miller and Man Ray.
The story begins at the start of the XX Th century in the years of Parisian Bohemia and goes on to south of France with incipient celebrity. The work of the curator was not only to find and put together portraits, the exhibition also wants to show the psychological relationships and the links between the artist and the photographers, tensions for some , obvious complicity for others , a stage production here and private moments with close acquaintance .
The exhibition also show the work and personal approach of seven women photographer. The contrast between Lee Miller who photographed him for thirty six years starting summer of 1937, Madame Nora who was about his age and made the most relax pictures of the artist, diagonally opposed to those of Dora Maar.
The Exhibition also show the work of : Rogi André, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt, Brassaï, René Burri, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Chim, Lucien Clergue, Jean Cocteau, Denise Colomb, Robert Doisneau, David Douglas Duncan, Yousuf Karsh, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Herbert List, Dora Maar, Mme d’Ora, Willy Maywald, Lee Miller, Gjon Mili, Inge Morath, Arnold Newman, Roberto Otero, Irving Penn, Julia Pirotte, Edward Quinn, Man Ray, Willy Rizzo, Gotthard Schuh, Michel Sima, Horst Tappe et André Villers.
MemyselfandI. Portraits of Picasso
Until February 15th 2012
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MemyselfandI. Portraits of Picasso
Text Pierre Daix, Frederike Mayröcker, Katherine Slusher and Kerstin Stremmel, published by Hatje Cantz