13 June to 3 October 2010 – Masterpieces from the Hegewisch Collection
Like no other artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso (Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins) extended boundaries, pointed the way forward and both reflected and determined the complexity of modernism. The fascination that proceeds from his bold compositions is still unbroken.

The Hamburg collection of Klaus and Erika Hegewisch gives pride of place to this exceptional artist: Picasso is richly represented in this important collection of work on paper with outstanding drawings and rare prints covering over five decades. The Picasso collection was shown for the first time in Hamburg in 1997 at the opening of the Galerie der Gegenwart; in summer 2010 it can be seen once again, with a number of additional works, in the Ernst Barlach Haus.

One protagonist of this exhibition is the Minotaur: this mythical mixture of man and bull continually reappears in Picasso’s imagery – strong yet vulnerable, a powerful symbol and double of the artist himself.

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