Picasso Museum of Barcelona
Latest Donations and Acquisitions 2010-2016
- Open to the public from February 25th to May 15th 2016
- Curators: Malén Gual, Claustre Rafart and Clara Fort
- The Museu Picasso of Barcelona presents the exhibition Latest Donations and Acquisitions 2010-2016, in which for the first time a selection of works, images and documents will be exhibited which are the most representative of the collections received by the Museum in recent years. These include a total of 115 works by the artist, 15,871 photographs by various authors, 3,277 photolithographic prints and 24,221 textual documents related to Picasso and the study of his work and his life that now form part of the collection. The exhibition responds to the will of the Museu Picasso to make these new collections known to the public, which will also be periodically put on show in exhibitions related to the collection of the Museum. Furthermore, these donations and acquisitions respond to one of the main aims of the Foundation: "to increase its heritage by giving value to the collection and complementing it in a notable way”.
- The new collections come from some anonymous donators, but mainly from the donations of David Douglas Duncan in 2013, from the publisher Gustavo Gili in 2014 and from the Brigitte Baer Archive, donated by David Leclerc in 2015.
- We can also find works from the donations of Alejandro Nadal Joris (2010); from Víctor Oliva, José Antonio Acevedo, Lluís de Bonis Isern, Arturo Taracena and Peter Mussfeldt (2012); from Anna Gaspar (2013); from the Galeria Kornfeld (2015), as well as pieces acquired recently. Worth highlighting and exhibited for the first time is Le déjeuner sur l’herbe, according to Manet, a drawing from 1962, part of the series in which Picasso pays homage to the artist and to the work that he admired so much; Bacanal, a drawing using a mixed technique from 1964 which represents a bucolic world with clear references to the classic past of the Mediterranean, and Parella, a late watercolour from 1968. It is also worth highlighting La Celestina making the presentations, from 1970, with a character who interested Picasso from the time of the Blue Period, making her the protagonist of many works, and Pablo Picasso at the bullfight, an image of Jan Adam Stevens, who in the summer of 1955 photographed the artist with his family and friends in Vallauris.
- The collection of David Douglas Duncan
The prestigious international photo-journalist David Douglas Duncan donated 163 photographs to the Museu Picasso that constitute a major testimony to the life and work of Pablo Picasso from 1956 onwards. Various photographs portrayed him, all of them of extraordinary value, but the friendship and connection of Duncan with the artist represented as a result of the capturing of small spaces in the life of Picasso and Jacqueline and the follow up of his artistic processes, are essential for understanding the artist. The value of these photographs lies above all in the series as a whole: they are portraits but at the same time authentic stories about the life of Picasso. Thanks to this we have a highly valuable documentary collection for getting to know the artist and his work better.
- The donation of the Editorial Gustavo Gili and the acquisition of the Gili-Torra Collection
The donation made by the publisher, Editorial Gustavo Gili, includes the eight copper plates that Picasso did to produce the illustrated books of The art of bullfighting and The burial of the count of Orgaz, which complete the series of plates that belong to the Museum, received in previous donations, and the more than 2,800 documents, especially letters, contracts and manuscripts that detail the process of the commission, creation and production of the bibliographic works that Picasso did with the publisher.
Added to this donation, we should also include the acquisition that the Museum did in 2014 of the collection of Gustau Gili and Anna Maria Torra, the most important carried out in a long time, and that has been possible thanks to the creation of the Fundació Museu Picasso of Barcelona. This refers to a collection of 96 pieces made up of 9 drawings, a sketchpad with 62 drawings more, a book with 18 gouaches, 7 engravings, as well as 3 dedicated books of the artist, 198 photographs and diverse documentation. This collection, which is so important, highlights the close friendship that existed between the couples, Picasso-Roque and Gili-Torra, the link between the artist and Barcelona, and represents an important chapter in the history of this Museum.
The Brigitte Baer Archive
It is worth underlining the fact that both the collection from the Editorial Gustavo Gili as well as the Gili-Torra Collection constitute a set of information that until now had been little known and studied. The Museum highly values the unique opportunity that they represent in terms of the research around the work and life of Picasso, and of his processes of creation, as happens with the inclusion of the Brigitte Baer Archive, donated by her nephew, David Leclerc. The documentary collection of this French historian, author of the catalogue raisonné of the graphic work of Picasso, gathers together the documentation that he had collected from 1975 until his death in 2005, and that culminated in the seven volumes of Picasso. Peintre-graveur. Catalogue raisonné de l’œuvre gravé et des monotypes 1899-1972, that analyses the printed work of the artist, which comprises more than 2,000 pieces. The collection of Brigitte Baer turns the Museum into a world reference regarding the study of the graphic work of the artist.