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Picasso, Photography and Ceramic

JUNE 23rd - OCTOBER 30th, 2016

André Villers. Picasso painting a ceramic. Vallauris, 1954. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Gift of André Villers, 1984 © André Villers, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2016  © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2016

In 1955, the International Ceramic Academy hosted its first congress, as well as an exhibition where Pablo Picasso’s work was represented. In September 2016, the 47th Congress will be held in Barcelona, with a focus on ceramics in architecture and public space. Coinciding with the event, the Museu Picasso presents a selection of photographs from our collection documenting Picasso’s work as a ceramicist.

Picasso’s interest in ceramics began when he moved to the south of France after World War II. In 1946 Picasso visited the Madoura pottery studio in Vallauris, where the owners, Suzanne and Georges Ramié, invited him to work with them and the studio’s artisans. From that moment on Picasso worked with greater or lesser intensity in ceramics until the mid 1960s.

The museum galleries feature the work of reknown photographers, including Marcos Chamudes, David Douglas Duncan, Roberto Otero and André Villers, all of whom portrayed Picasso working on his ceramics through a participatory gaze, each with his own personal point of view in close relation to the artist’s life and work.

While a photograph is always the result of the relationship between whoever is being portrayed and the photographer, Picasso had a particular influence on the creative process of these images.