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Lucien Clergue: Twenty-seven Meetings with Picasso

October 26th, 2017 - April 15th, 2018

'Picasso at a bullfight'. Fréjus, August 15th, 1962. Photographer: Lucien Clergue. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Lucien Clergue Collection

Lucien Clergue (Arles, 1934 – Nîmes, 2014) made his first incursions into the world of photography at a young age. On 5 April 1953 he met Picasso at a bullfight in Arles and took the opportunity to take his photograph and to show him some other snapshots. They met again two years later in La Californie, Picasso’s villa in Cannes, and thus began a close, warm friendship which lasted until Picasso’s death, in 1973. As a result, Clergue was able to capture all manner of tiny details of the artist’s life. His photographs of scenes taken over the course of many years narrate part of Picasso’s life seen through his friend’s camera lens.

In 2016 the Museu Picasso in Barcelona purchased Lucien Clergue’s collection of photographs of Picasso’s life: almost 600 black-and-white vintage gelatin-silver prints. This exhibition includes almost all the photographs acquired and presents them as a chronicle: the photographic narrative Clergue made of Picasso on their just 27 meetings between 1953 and 1971 in the south of France, where they both lived.

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  • Open to the public: October 26th, 2017 - April 15th, 2018

  • Curated by: Sílvia Domènech

  • Organization and production: Museu Picasso, Barcelona

  • Space: A rooms

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