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Exhibition: Picasso and Miró, Passion and Poetry

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There are few more important eras in the history of art than the early decades of the 20th century, particularly its first three, when the delicate and the decorative were swept aside by a series of movements that inverted both conventional forms and tastes. Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism elevated the artist to agent provocateur, avant garde thinkers in a world where old certainties were being dismantled – often violently.

A new exhibition at Burj Khalifa, Picasso and Miró, Passion and Poetry, will showcase 267 works from two of the century’s most important artists: Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, both Spaniards born towards the end of the 19th century and inspired by the creative currents of Barcelona. Picasso was, of course, the originator of Cubism, the extension of Paul Cezanne’s notion that all natural forms could be reduced to a cube, a cone and a sphere, and who, in the words of The Guardian critic Jason Farago, “violently broke the rules of representation and left 500 years’ worth of western artistic convention in his wake”. Born 12 years later, Joan Miró rejected many of Picasso’s ideas, especially as they entered the mainstream, and instead experimented with surrealism and the colourfield movement best articulated by Mark Rothko.

Arranged in five chronological sections, the exhibition has been curated by Sergio Gaddi. It is, he says, “not merely a journey which tells a dialectic relationship between history and contemporaneity, but also a dialogue between the traditions lived and interpreted by the artists, and the energies that lit up their creativity.”

Picasso and Miró, Passion and Poetry
When: March 7-May 17, 12pm-10pm
Where: The Annex, Burj Khalifa, www.picassomiro.com
Price: AED125

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