Pablo Picasso The Luncheon on the Grass after Manet March 3–August 20, 1960 Oil on canvas 130 × 195 cm Musée national Picasso-Paris. Gift by Pablo Picasso, 1979 MP 215 RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2018

Picasso’s Kitchen

An exhibition on Picasso’s kitchen and cooking? Why not? There is nothing at all incongruous in the idea, because cooking is a subtle revelation of Picasso’s art: painting, engraving, sculpture, ceramics, poetry and theatre.

What is more, we should not neglect the role of the restaurant as a meeting place for the avant-gardes, from Quatre Gats tavern in Barcelona to Au Lapin Agile on Montmartre, where the bohemians of the time and Picasso’s little entourage would share a table. Food, utensils and places related to cooking have a tremendous power to evoke and link ideas.

Indeed, the very act of eating and digesting is a metaphor for a creative artist. In the edible – and even the inedible – there is the joyful possibility of swallowing the world. Picasso had this taste for the world and every tangible thing in it, to the point of biting into it: ‘I can no longer bear the miracle of knowing nothing in this world and of having learnt nothing except to love things and eat them alive.’

His endless inventions and the euphoria of his imagination bear witness to an insatiable appetite: Picasso enters the arena of the kitchen and the great ceremony begins. As Heraclitus said: ‘the gods are in the kitchen’

CUBIST COOKING

Pablo Picasso The Restaurant 1914 Oil on canvas 34 × 42 cm Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, Madrid. On deposit at the Museo Picasso Málaga FABA Photographe inconnu, tous droits réservés © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2018

Pablo Picasso, The Restaurant, 1914, Oil on canvas, 34 × 42 cm, Fundación Almine y Bernard, Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, Madrid. On deposit at the Museo Picasso Málaga, FABA Photographe inconnu, tous droits réservés © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2018

KITCHEN’S UTENSILS

Pablo Picasso Head of a Woman Paris 1929–1930 Sculpture Painted iron, sheet Metal, springs, and metal colanders, 39 3/8 × 14 9/16 × 23 1/4″ (100 × 37 × 59 cm). Musée national Picasso-Paris Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2018

Pablo Picasso, Head of a Woman, Paris 1929–1930, Sculpture, Painted iron, sheet Metal, springs, and metal colanders, 39 3/8 × 14 9/16 × 23 1/4″ (100 × 37 × 59 cm).
Musée national Picasso-Paris, Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2018

WARTIME COOKING AND SHORTAGES

Pablo Picasso La cuina Novembre del 1948 Oli sobre tela 175 × 252 cm Musée national Picasso-Paris. Donació de Pablo Picasso, 1979 MP 200 RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Franck Raux © Successió Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2018

Pablo Picasso, La cuina, Novembre del 1948, Oli sobre tela, 175 × 252 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris. Donació de Pablo Picasso, 1979, MP 200, RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Franck Raux © Successió Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2018

SEAFOOD

Pablo Picasso Still Life with Basket, Three Sea Urchins and a Lamp October 19, 1946 Oleoresinous paint and charcoal on reused canvas 35.5 × 85.5 cm Musée Picasso, Antibes MPA 1946. 1.9 ImageArt, photo Claude Germain © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2018

Pablo Picasso, Still Life with Basket, Three Sea Urchins and a Lamp, October 19, 1946, Oleoresinous paint and charcoal on reused canvas, 35.5 × 85.5 cm, Musée Picasso, Antibes, MPA 1946. 1.9, ImageArt, photo Claude Germain © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2018

OPEN-AIR COOKING

Pablo Picasso The Luncheon on the Grass after Manet March 3–August 20, 1960 Oil on canvas 130 × 195 cm Musée national Picasso-Paris. Gift by Pablo Picasso, 1979 MP 215 RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2018

Pablo Picasso, The Luncheon on the Grass after Manet, March 3–August 20, 1960, Oil on canvas, 130 × 195 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris. Gift by Pablo Picasso, 1979, MP 215, RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2018

Picasso’s Kitchen – Museu Picasso

25-05-2018 until 30-09-2018

Vincent Moleveld