4 colored zincographs with burin engraving by Pablo Picasso, from: Georges Hugnet, »Non Vouloir«, 1942 1961, double page spread with drypoint from celluloid by Pablo Picasso, © Succession Picasso / VG-Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010


From the 25th of  November 2010 to the 6th of March 2011 – Museum Brandhorst

Since its inauguration in May 2009, the Museum Brandhorst has enjoyed extremely high numbers of visitors. Opening at the end of November 2010 a superb show on Picasso¿s artist’s books will be the first special exhibition of works from the holdings of the Brandhorst Collection.
Picasso was not only one of the most prolific painters but also book artists of the 20th century. Between 1905 and 1973 he made designs for more than 150 books, the most important of which are to be seen in this exceptional exhibition. The focus is on Picasso’s joy in experimenting with various techniques and the possibilities of expression in this fascinating medium, as well as on his close cooperation with authors and publishers.
Picasso’s graphic works for these artist’s books are not being displayed on their own, but with a look at page spreads and the relationship of the images to the texts, complemented by luxurious covers and exquisite slip cases. The universal artist scored, etched, cut, engraved or drew illustrations and moreover authored poems, dedications and political texts. He made use of almost all printing techniques known at that time and pushed new techniques to their limits. Picasso’s first illustrations were made at the request of his friend, the author Max Jacob. In the course of the next few decades, projects with Paul Eluard, Tristan Tzara, Pierre Reverdy and others followed. In addition, Picasso also took up the invitation to work together with leading French publishers (Pierre André Benoit, Iliazd, Albert Skira et al.), gallery owners (including Ambroise Vollard and Daniel Henry Kahnweiler) and printers (such as the Crommelyncks, Lacourièr). In this way, some of the most beautiful artist’s books of the 20th century came into being.

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