The people in Pablo Picasso's inner circle have helped put together an exhibition at the Picasso Museum in Malaga, Spain, that shows a different and more intimate side of a man considered to be one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
The exhibition, "Pablo Picasso. Album de familia," features 45 portraits and 77 photographs, including some images never seen in public before, from the collections of the artist's heirs and other institutions, such as the Museo de Barcelona, covering the period 1896 to 1971, Picasso Museum director Jose Lebrero said.
The show illustrates the artist's ability to "modernize subjects as classic as the portrait," which Picasso "reinvents," Lebrero said.
A great many of the works were inspired by the women with whom Picasso, who was born in Malaga on Oct. 25, 1881, and died in Notre-Dame-de-Vie, France, on April 8, 1973, shared his life, as well as his children, and the theme of maternity is at the center of several of the pieces.
The exhibition shows that Picasso was "a grandfather who played and was close to his children" despite the "false images" created in some books of the artist as a "violent man," Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, the painter's grandson, said.
A documentary directed by Thierry Spitzer and featuring the recollections of the artist of Christine Ruiz-Picasso, Claude Ruiz-Picasso, Françoise Gilot and John Richardson is being screened to complement the exhibition.
"Pablo Picasso. Album de familia," the second of two shows to mark the 10th anniversary of Malaga's Picasso Museum, will be open to the public until Oct. 6. EFE