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Entertainment Quick Fix: ‘Picasso.mania’ Highlights the Artist’s Enduring Impact

October 2, 2015


Picasso’s ‘Musketeer sitting holding a sword’ (1969) © Succession Picasso

Pablo Picasso’s ‘The Blue Acrobat’ (1929) © Succession Picasso/Centre Pompidou


Source: WSJ


A new exhibition at Paris’s Grand Palais looks at the breadth and length of Picasso’s influence, juxtaposing the Spanish master’s work with that of 75 artists, including Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol


From art world stalwarts Andy Warhol and David Hockney to new stars like Yan Pei-Ming and Maurizio Cattelan, artists have turned to Pablo Picasso’s works for inspiration and guidance. Almost every art trend that has appeared since his death in 1973 at 91 has been touched by a stroke of Picasso’s genius, says Pompidou Center assistant director Didier Ottinger. Now, the Grand Palais in Paris is bringing them all together into one exhibition.


“Picasso.mania,” co-curated by the Spanish master’s granddaughter Diana Widmaier-Picasso and Emilie Bouvard of the Picasso Museum Paris, under the direction of Mr. Ottinger, showcases 400 works by 75 artists—many of which have rarely been seen in public—in a chronological and thematic exploration of Picasso’s impact.