Master conference "Jaume Sabartés"

Christopher Green

Picasso and friends: Cubism as Realism, 1914-18

Third edition of the annual cycle of master conferences in homage to the founder of the Museu Picasso, Jaume Sabartés, in which the result of recent studies by internationally recognised historians on the work of Picasso, will be presented. This conference is programmed for the Thursday following March 9th, the date of the anniversary of the museum.

Picasso and friends: Cubism as Realism, 1914-18

Cubism was what realism in painting could become after the arrival of film and photography, so Fernand Léger said in 1913. This lecture asks the question: how could Cubism as realism be kept alive in the Paris of the Great War and have nothing to do with the brutal tragedy fought out hardly more than 100 kilometres away?

Christopher Green

Emeritus Professor in the History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Christopher Green's major book, Cubism and its Enemies: Modern Movements and Reaction in French Art, 1916-1928 (Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1987) won the Mitchell Prize for a book on 20 th century art. Since 2000 he has initiated and co-curated four important exhibitions: Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris (London: Tate Modern, 2005); Objectes vius: figura I natura morta en Picasso (Barcelona: Museu Picasso, 2008-2009), Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, Picabia (Los Angeles, The J.Paul Getty Museum, 2011 and Antibes: Musée Picasso, 2011) and Mondrian/Nicholson: In Parallel at the Courtauld Gallery in 2012. Since 2000, he has also published Art in France 1900-1940 (2000) and Picasso: Architecture and Vertigo (2005), both published by Yale University Press. He is the curator of the exhibition Cubism and War: The Crystal in the Flame, which will open at the Museu Picasso in October 2016.

  • Thursday, March 10th 2016, at 7 pm
  • Lecture Hall. Museu Picasso. Plaça Sabartés 1
  • Simultaneous translation service to Catalan and Spanish
  • Free admission until capacity is complete

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