The Picasso museum in Antibes commemorates the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death

The Picasso museum in Antibes, in the southeast of France, inaugurated this Saturday an exhibition dedicated to the last years of the artist’s life from Malaga, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the death of the cubist and surrealist genius.

Organized with the collaboration of the Picasso Museum in Paris and Malaga, the exhibition "Picasso 1969-1972"It will be open to the public until July 2 and there you can see 37 canvases and four works on paper made during the last years of his life, which he spent in Mougins, near Antibes.

"Bust of man with hat", "Flutist and a naked woman" either "Bullfighter"; are some of the large-format works from that period.

In those last years, "far from the twilight announced by his detractors, Picasso managed to recapitulate his entire life as an artist and a man with great creative profusion"explains Jean-Louis Andral, curator of the exhibition, in the catalogue, whose subtitle is "the end of a beginning".

"When Picasso exhibited for the last time in Avignon (south of France) in 1970 and again in 1973, it seemed to some critics that he had lost his abilities and that it was the beginning of the end. I wanted to invert that formula to say the opposite. That moment opened new horizons in his painting, which inspired other artists such as (Jean-Michel) Basquiat."explains to AFP Andral, who also runs this museum in Antibes, on the Côte d’Azur.

The curator remembers some confidences from 1973 by the artist, collected in the book "Voyage in Picasso" of Hélène Parmelin, in which she said that "perhaps I had never been as much a painter as in my last works".

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Picasso was a tireless artist and did not stop creating until November 12, 1972, a few months before his death at the age of 91.

The Picasso museum in Antibes is located in the Grimaldi castle, with privileged views of the sea, and has a permanent collection of 23 paintings and 44 drawings by the Spanish artist.

From Antibes to Malaga (city of birth), passing through Paris or Barcelona, ​​the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death represents a good opportunity to revisit his work and his life.

For example, the Brooklyn Museum in New York will open an exhibition dedicated to his controversial relationship with women in June.

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