Exhibition room 4. Blue and Rose Periods

More than a century after Picasso created his Blue and Rose works, artists in the first decades of the twenty-first century are making this art the focus of some of the most searching explorations of contemporary experience. Unlike critics who have sometimes criticized the Blue and Rose works for their sentimentality and beauty, these artists respond to the biting contrast between Picasso’s exquisite rendering and his dejected subjects of poor, dispossessed workers – emblems of the economic inequities of our time.

Picasso’s meditations on artists’ problematic relation to society through the theatrical characters of saltimbanques and harlequins are adapted by artists to analyze the artists’ current situation in our society of media celebrity and commercial exchange.