Tuesday 18 February 2020
In February, prompted by the interactive audiovisual installation Picasso: Blue and Rose Periods inaugurated at the SNFCC, a new series of lectures will be launched, focusing on the seminal twentieth-century artist and his work through the unique lens of a different speaker each month.
Andri Michael, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France, inaugurates the new series of lectures, in an attempt to demystify the great artist.
A painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, photographer, poet, and playwright, Pablo Picasso left an indelible mark on the twentieth century and continues to be relevant today. Yet, are we aware of the real Picasso behind the legend that surrounds his name? Each period in his multifaceted oeuvre is inextricably linked to the next. The artist’s Blue and Rose Periods prefigured a rich and varied oeuvre in need of a new, fresh approach today. Picasso famously said, “I don’t search; I find” – this statement makes full sense when looking into his oeuvre in depth, regarding it not merely as a series of works of art, but as an incessant creative process. “One doesn't make a painting, one makes studies,” he remarked. “One never ends getting near.”
Androula (Andri) Michael is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France; she is also an exhibition curator. Her doctoral thesis and many of her academic papers focus on Picasso’s oeuvre. Recently, she jointly curated the exhibitions Picasso's Kitchen (Picasso Museum, Barcelona, 2018); Picasso at the Cyprus Museum. Works in Clay (2019); Picasso Poet (Picasso Museum, Barcelona, 2019, and Musée National Picasso – Paris, 2020).
Simultaneous translation into the Greek Sign Language will be provided.
Photo Credits: © Succession Picasso 2020
- Femme en chemise (Madeleine), 1904–1905
- Tête d’un arlequin, 1905