Exhibition on Screen
Directed by Phil Grabsky
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Pablo Picasso, considered one of the greatest artists of all time, made work until his death in 1973. Many films have dealt with his later years—the art, the affairs, and the wide circle of friends. But where did it all begin? What made Picasso in the first place? Too long ignored, this documentary delves into the early years of Picasso; his upbringing and the education that led to his extraordinary achievements.
Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona, and Paris. Young Picasso visits each venue and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from his early years, and how he acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods—the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period—the film takes us all the way to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art—Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, a painting that shocked the art world while changing it irrevocably. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona, and Paris, this film explains how Picasso rose to such great heights. 2019, U.K., DCP, 85 minutes. Recommended for all ages.