Pablo Picasso, Student with Newspaper (L’etudiant au journal), 1913–14, oil and sand on canvas 28 3/4 × 23 3/8 inches (73 × 59.5 cm), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, promised gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California.

On view December 4, 2016 through May 7, 2017.


Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera were contemporaries, erstwhile competitors, equally ambitious and prolific as artists, internationally famous, and well aware of their larger-than-life personalities. "Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time" presents moments of intersection in the formation of modernism both in Europe and Latin America, and asks how these towering figures of the twentieth century engaged with their respective ancient Mediterranean and Pre-Columbian worlds. The exhibition compares their artistic trajectories beginning with their similar academic training to their shared investment in Cubism and their return to an engagement with antiquity from the 1920s through the 1950s. By placing 150 paintings, etchings, and watercolors in dialogue with each other and with singular ancient objects, "Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time" aims to advance the understanding of Picasso and Rivera’s practice, particularly in how their contributions were deeply influenced by the forms, myths, and structures of the arts of antiquity.

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