Picasso: Peace and Freedom
Mediterranean man, Spaniard in exile – throughout his life Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) maintained his incredible artistic energy and his faith in human freedom in defiance of a world where historical events again and again seemed to belie this faith.
Louisiana’s main spring exhibition entitled Picasso: Peace and Freedom is devoted to this freedom-loving side of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. The exhibition is thematic: More than 100 works – paintings, drawings, lithographic prints, letters and photographs in a rich selection – show how Picasso related to the historical and political events of the Cold War period after 1945. Picasso was a socially committed artist who kept up with events in the world, and much of the art of his last three decades deals with human conflicts and war, but at the same time expresses a heartfelt wish for peace, international understanding and solidarity. Typically, Picasso encompasses a wide spectrum, bringing all his own artistic passion into play to capture the events of the time, even though this may not be immediately evident.