Rome hosts Italy's first exhibition dedicated exclusively to Picasso sculpture.24 Oct-3 Feb. The Galleria Borghese presents Picasso: La Scultura, Italy's first exhibition dedicated exclusively to the sculpture of Picasso, showing 56 works dating from 1905 to 1964, together with photographs and videos providing the context in which the sculptures were created.
The exhibition also outlines the impact of Picasso's visit to Rome and Naples in 1917 with fellow artist Jean Cocteau and composer Igor Stravinsky. It was during his trip to Italy that Picasso first viewed ancient Roman and Renaissance sculpture as well as works by Baroque master Bernini at the Borghese Gallery.
Picasso's works are now exhibited alongside the gallery's "resident" sculptures, for example his Woman with Child (1961) is shown alongside Bernini's Apollo and Daphne (1622/1625).Other highlights of the show include Woman with Outstretched Arms (1961) - sheet metal cut, bent and painted, with iron net; and Head of a Bull, a bronze dating from 1950.
Picasso: the Sculpture was conceived by Anna Coliva, the director of Galleria Borghese, and is part of the international cultural project Picasso-Méditerranée initiated by Laurent Le Bon, director of the Musée national Picasso-Paris.
The exhibition is curated by Coliva with Diana Widmaier-Picasso who is a well-known expert on Picasso's sculpture in addition to being the artist's granddaughter.
For full visiting details see Galleria Borghese website.