The B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music, in collaboration with the Museum of Pablo Picasso Münster and I. Kontaxopoulos’ Private Collection, present an exhibition entitled “Pablo Picasso-Jean Cocteau: The Pioneers of Modernism“, running to February 28, 2016. The display features 190 paintings, engravings, ceramics and artistic publications, carefully chosen in order to reveal the major influence that one artist exercised to another.
Picasso (a painter) met Cocteau (a writer) during WWI, in 1915, and became friends and colleagues for long periods of their lives. One of their most memorable collaborations was a ballet called Parade (1917), for which Picasso designed the costumes and sets and Cocteau wrote the scenario. Cocteau, although was self-aware of his (lack of) painting skills and had written that “to paint without being a born painter is not easy” (Démarche d’un poète, 1953), never quit trying. His works may seem childish at first, but manage to capture in clear and quick lines the essence of his subjects.
A seemingly uneven exhibit that, even though may not impress the viewer with its exhibits, will successfully raise the question of artistic influence. For everyone living away from Athens, I tried to gather some pictures of the paintings and sketches exhibited, so that you can have a taste of the display.
For further information regarding opening hours and ticket prices, visit the Theocharakis Foundation page.
Exhibit duration: November 4th 2015 – February 28th 2016