Exhibition room 3. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) remains a primary focus for artists who examine two of the most important issues of contemporary art: the question of how we judge originality in modern Western art, and the complex questions of multi-cultural relations in the current world.

The extensive response of African artists to Picasso’s use of the art of non-Western cultures is central to the exhibition. Through the artist’s work, the issue of the position of African artists in the contemporary world is addressed, as well as the process of the West’s interaction with Africa is critically reviewed.