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  • Jean Hélion

    • Date 18/3/2005 to 19/6/2005
    • In 1967, Jean Hélion (Couterne, Orne, 1904 - París, 1987) finished off his Dragon Triptych.
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      In this major allegory of modern life, the painter blends different stages of his personal and artistic life: from his abstract art of the 1930s or his heads with felt hat compositions of 1939, passing through the opposition between an interior and an exterior or the mannequins; they all find their place in this canvas. The enormous painting, originally designed to be shown in the shop window at the Galerie du Dragon, which is in the Rue du Dragon in Paris, can now be viewed from the street in Barcelona, namely Calle Montcada. The «Jean Hélion» exhibition spans the rather atypical career of an artist who was committed to the most radical art during the 1930s but who distanced himself from the movement just as it began to triumph around the world. This retrospective, organised to mark the centenary of Jean Hélion's birth, follows a chronological discourse and includes 139 works (77 paintings, 14 drawings and 48 sketchbooks) and for the first time, brings together his large format abstract Compositions, which are mainly held in private collections and museums in the United States.

  • Illustrated books by Pablo Picasso. The Museum collection

    • Date 11/12/2005 to 08/1/2006
    • Forming part of the Catalan Year of the Book and Reading, the Museu Picasso in Barcelona will present, from November 11th 2005 to January 8th 2006, the exhibition entitled «Books illustrated by Picasso. The Museu's collection».

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      The exhibition will bring together 29 different books from the museum library's archives, dated between 1911 and 1969, a testimony to the artistic career and the life of Pablo Picasso. They also are a clear example of the close relationship the artist enjoyed, from 1905 onwards, with some of the key poets and writers of the XX Century - such as André Salmon, Max Jacob, Jean Cocteau, Iliazd, Tzara, Reverdy and Paul Éluard, among others. As well as demonstrating Picasso's interest and work in the field of publishing, these books also allow us to witness some of his artistic development and experiments at that time. The two books are a sample of this union between Art and the published word, namely: Saint Matorel, from 1911 and Le siège de Jérusalem, dated 1914. For these two books - which form part of Max Jacob's trilogy written about his alter ego, Matorel - Picasso created a series of engravings which abound with creation at this fruitful moment in his ideas and expression within Cubism. The organisation of the exhibition, which will enable visitors to enjoy the original works and even digitally "flick" through the copies in specially equipped "reading points", will also include titles like Les métamorphoses, by Ovidi (1931), which includes the illustration so loved by Kanhweiler, the Picasso dealer, for its pure and bright single line drawings; Vingt poèmes, by Góngora (1948), with forty one pages illustrated by engravings, and with texts on the pages hand-written by Picasso himself; or Dans l'atelier de Picasso (1957), by Jaume Sabartés, of which the Museu Picasso possesses one of the first fifty copies which, unlike later editions, included a collection of thirteen additional lithographs. Among others, these are the magnificent works that will be on view during this exhibition.