Imagine Picasso
a dream come true

MORE THAN 200 OF THE MOST RENOWNED MASTERPIECES OF PICASSO SHOWN TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME

Today, this exhibition could simply not happen since the skyrocketing prices that the works have reached would impact directly insurance and transportation costs. The paintings projected in Imagine Picasso are issued from prestigious museum collections such as the Musée Picasso in Paris, the Museu Picasso Barcelona, the MoMa in New York, the Pushkin Museum in Moscow and also from private collections. An impressive selection impossible to gather physically at the same place at the same time.
Picasso is the only modern artist whose works are classified as national treasures and forbidden to tour and loaned eg Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), Guernica (1937). These works are considered masterpieces akin to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

FROM ONE UTOPIA TO ANOTHER

WHEN STAR-ARCHITECT RUDY RICCIOTTI MEETS PICASSO

Inspired by the paper sculptures Picasso made for his children, Ricciotti and Mauger rematerialize Picasso’s art, giving unprecedented monumentality for an augmented emotion.

 

In Imagine Picasso, Ricciotti’s modules are the surface used for the projections of the artworks: each image is projected on the 9 full-blown Origami-style volumes, thus sculpted in a way directly inspired by Picasso’s own multi-directional rebel lines.

 

Made for the inauguration of the show in Lyon in 2019, the modules are scattered in a spectacular scenography promoting oblique lines. When the height of the venue allows it, the origamis are placed vertically to fit the space and can reach up to 8 meters high.

Pablo Picasso, 1964, Mougins, handling a model © All rights reserved

Image Totale© amplifies emotion

The warping techniques used for Imagine Picasso adapt the surface to the projected image, thus respecting the latter’s integrity to magnify the artworks, whereas more basic mapping techniques focus on adapting the image to the surface. Warping consists in perfectly adjusting the projected work to the scenographic surface. This technique frees the work from the gravitational subjection that befalls any earthly object. The choice of images, the way they are positioned, their rhythm and their association with the music all compose this original creation conceived by Annabelle Mauger and developed with Julien Baron.

IMAGINE PICASSO PRESERVES THE PAINTINGS’ INTEGRITY

Annabelle Mauger endeavors, first and foremost, to respect the integrity of the original paintings. Her composition of Picasso’s artworks unfolds a scattering of iconographic details that create a giant puzzle for the audience to reassemble. In this show, respecting the paintings’ images is paramount and strict colorimetry measures are observed in the rendering of the works that convey a sense of absolute clarity as the vision expands. The viewer can thus see the painting strokes from up-close.

AN EDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
FOR ALL AUDIENCES AND AGES

The educational gallery was conceived by Annabelle Mauger in collaboration with art historian Androula Michael. In an innovative display, this section aims to acquaint visitors with Picasso’s oeuvre and Rudy Ricciotti’s work while providing background insight on Cathédrale d’Images and the Image Totale© exhibitions originally designed by Albert Plécy in Baux-de-Provence from 1977 to 2011. Images of the artworks projected in the exhibition are showcased along with short explanatory texts.

Designed for all audiences regardless of age, culture or nationality, this immersive exhibition has even been adapted for three-year-olds. A booklet has been designed for young kids aged 3-6 and kids +6 years old, with games and exercises to prepare the visit and introduce them to the work of Pablo Picasso.

 

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