Pablo Picasso’s son Claude has criticized Paris’s Musée Picasso for excessively loaning its holdings. The works are fragile, Claude told the Times of London, and shouldn’t be sent to fill out substandard exhibitions designed to bait audiences with the Picasso name.
There are 21 Picasso exhibitions scheduled this year in France alone, where the artist spent most of his adult life, according to the Times. The British daily estimates that at least the same number of shows are being organized in neighboring European countries, including exhibitions at London’s Tate Modern, and Barcelona’s Picasso Museum.
Most of the works come from the collection of the Musée Picasso, which recently launched the “Picasso-Méditerranée 2017-2019″ initiative with the aim of disseminating some of its 5,000 works to more than 60 institutions across the Mediterranean region, including France, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Malta, and Morocco, to highlight the artist’s “obstinately Mediterranean” work.
Critics of this “unprecedented cultural experience” argue that the Picasso programming amounts to little more than an attempt to dominate the region’s cultural discourse, and does little to advance scholarship on the artist’s work. Read more