Lecco, 15 marzo 2014   |  

The graphic talent of Pablo Picasso on show in Lecco

di Viviana Vestrucci

From 23 march to july 13 at the Palazzo delle paure a number of important works of the catalan painter offered to the public Lecco and not

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Pablo Picasso, Le repas frugal (1904)

The art of Pablo Picasso will be on show in Lecco with the exhibition hosted from March 23rd to July 13th at the Palazzo delle Paure (Piazza XX Settembre 22), with 100 works by the Catalan painter that will highlight his great graphic talent and his artistic evolution from the “Blue Period” to the Post-War time.

The exhibition "Nel segno di Picasso" ("In the name of Picasso") is an important happening for the city, since “it’s the first time that we have featured works from the very early activity of Picasso, the ‘Blue Period’ and the ‘Rose Period’, in a public building in Lecco” Michele Tavola, Commissioner for Cultural Affairs of the city of Lecco, pointed out that: “It is an exhibition specifically created for this occasion, with masterpieces also coming from the Picasso Museum in Paris”.

The event, promoted by the City of Lecco and sponsored by the Lombardy Region, is also the result of the co-operation between the City and the Galleria Bellinzona, and celebrates 30 years of activity of this art gallery directed by Oreste Bellinzona which “in its Lecco, Milan, and, for a certain period, even Como branches have made a great contribution to the cultural growth of the area, with great skill and surprising originality” Michele Tavola added.

The exhibition features famous masterpieces like Saltimbanques, representing circus folk like acrobats, made between 1904 and 1906, Le repas frugal, Sueño y Mentira de Franco (The Dream and Lie of Franco), a series of etchings, referencing the Spanish Civil War and General Francisco Franco, leader of the nazi-backed nationalist forces.  The show also provides the opportunity to compare the illustrations created for the poems by the Spanish Luis de Góngora with the ones made for Carmen by Prosper Mérimée. An interesting comparison since the attribution is not certain, and the exhibition reveals the profound differences between the illustrations of the two books: the former displaying a baroque and elaborate style, while the latter essential and almost abstract.

Finally "La Celestina", the series of sixty-six plates, etching and aquatint, devoted to the illustration of the masterpiece of Spanish literature "La Celestina", that Picasso made when he was ninety, closes the show, which is presented in a catalog published by the Galleria Bellinzona, with all the works on display and a series of testimonies by friends, art critics, journalists, collectors and the artist Tino Stefanoni, who have shared 30 year long artistic experience with Oreste Bellinzona.

The exhibition will host lectures , free guided tours and activities for families.

 

The Site - Il Palazzo delle Paure

Built in 1916, the palace used to host the public offices for land, tax and duty management, where the citizens would go to pay their taxes. Its architectural style combines Medieval and Renaissance ideas, in an eclectic combination. Around 1926 the building was completed with a tower with simple three-light windows. The side of the tower overlooking Piazza XX Settembre was enriched with a marble coat of arms showing the Visconti snake, dating back perhaps to the 14th century, which was once above the main door of the old Customs House. It now hosts temporary exhibitions and the Contemporary Art, Graphics and Photography Section of the City Art Gallery.

Opening Hours:

 Wednesday 9-13

 Thursdays, 15:30 to 18:30 and 21:00 - 23.

 Friday 15:30 to 18:30

Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 to 18:30

 Closed Monday and Tuesday

 

  From June 1

  Wednesday 9:00 to 13:00

  Thursday 16:00 to 19:00 and 21:00 to 23:00

  Friday 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 19:00

  Closed Monday and Tuesday

 

Free admission

Information: Tel 0341.481249 - 0341.481247; segreteria.museo@comune.lecco.it; www.museilecco.org

 

 

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