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Picasso from Málaga: Graphic Works from the Fundació Picasso, Ayuntamiento de Málaga

Picasso Comes to Graduate Center Gallery

Málaga Museum Loans Works for First Time
Folio Forerunner of Guernica to be Shown

For the first time ever, the Fundacin Picasso is sending graphic works from its permanent collection outside of Málaga, Spain, where the museum is housed in Picasso's birthplace. The works --- including etchings, drypoints, and linoleum cuts dating from 1905 through 1960 --- will be shown from September 21 to November 16 in the Art Gallery of The Graduate Center, City University of New York. The Art Gallery is part of The Graduate Center's new campus in the former B. Altman department store building at 365 Fifth Avenue. The exhibition can be viewed Tuesdays through Fridays from 12 to 6 p.m., and weekly gallery talks will be presented on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Picasso from Málaga: Graphic Works from the Fundación Picasso, Ayuntamiento de Málaga is presented in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes of New York.

Of particular significance among the works shown is a series entitled Sueño y Mentira de Franco (1937), roughly translated "The dream and lie of Franco." This folio, in four parts, includes a cover signed and titled by the painter, two etchings, and a surrealist poem written by Picasso on the joint themes undertaken in the etchings: mocking Franco and protesting the bombing at Guernica. It is in this series that the characters, themes, and figures made famous in Picasso's masterpiece Guernica appear for the first time.

The exhibition also offers rare examples of the artist's activity as an illustrator of books and include works inspired by the poets Góngora, Sabartés, and Jacob, as well as Prosper Mérimée's Carmen. It is accompanied by an illustrated catalog with texts in English and Spanish. In conjunction with the exhibition, The Graduate Center and the Instituto Cervantes of New York are planning lectures by Picasso specialists. Details will be furnished on The Graduate Center Web site after October 1.

Established in 1988, the Fundación Picasso is housed in the building where Picasso was born on October 25, 1881. In addition to its collection of graphics, ceramics, original photographs and other memorabilia donated by members of his family, the Fundación offers a study center focusing on the works of Picasso and his contemporaries.

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Submitted on: SEP 20, 2001

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