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Picasso and Modern British Art @ Tate Britain

テート・ブリテンの大規模展「Picasso and Modern British Art」(2月15日〜7月15日)は、テート曰く、イギリスにおける、論争の的であり同時にセレブリティとしてのパブロ・ピカソの出現と、モダンアート確立への貢献、そしてイギリスのアートへの影響を追った、最初の展覧会。Weeping Woman泣く女:1937年)やThe Three Dancers(3人のダンサー:1925年)を含むピカソの作品60点以上と並び、彼の影響を受けたイギリス人アーティスト7人(ダンカン・グラントパーシー・ウインダム・ルイスベン・ニコルソンヘンリー・ムーアフランシス・ベーコングラハム・サザーランドデイヴィッド・ホックニー)の作品が、合計150点以上展示されている。


そもそも、ピカソは母国スペインとフランスとの関連は強いが、イギリスとは、1919年にセルゲイ・ディアギレフのバレエ「The Three Cornered Hat三角帽子)」の背景・衣装を手がけたのと、大成功をおさめた1960年のテート・ブリテンでの回顧展以外、これといったつながりは見当たらない。


Tate Britain‘s major exhibition, Picasso and Modern British Art (Feb 15  –  Jul 15)  is the first exhibition to trace Pablo Picasso‘s rise in Britain as a figure of both controversy and celebrity and his role in the acceptance of modern art in Britain, and explores his influence on British art. The exhibition brings together over 150 artworks; over 60 Picasso’s including Weeping Woman (1937) and The Three Dancers (1925) are on display, alongside with works by seven leading British artists who gained an inspiration by Picasso: Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Graham Sutherland and David Hockney.

To be honest, even after seeing the exhibition, I can’t really relate Picasso to British art. There is a substantial difference for me, stereotypical or not, between Picasso’s vibrant, passionate and free-spirited works with those British artists’ rather subtle, restrained, and sometimes gloomy works, though I can see some influence. Tate’s information states that “none followed Picasso slavishly and all took something from Picasso as part of the distinctive development of their own art”, but still the connection is too week to be spotlighted, for me. 

Also Picasso was more associated with native Spain as well as France, and it seems that he had little connection to Britain, other than his London visit in 1919, working on the scenery and costumes for Diaghilev’s ballet The Three Cornered Hat, as well as successful 1960 retrospective at Tate

It was worth to see the exhibition as others at Tate as always (they always do a good job), but I was not really convinced of the theme.