Tate Treat as Picasso Exhibition Hits Town; City Gallery Holds UK's Largest Show by Artist in 15 Years
Byline: CATHERINE JONES
THE largest exhibition seen in Liverpool since Capital of Culture year opens at the Tate next week.
Gallery bosses are bringing more than 150 of Pablo Picasso's works together from across the world for Picasso: Peace and Freedom which opens next Friday.
It is the first show ever to explore the Spanish-born artist's post-war work, his political activism and role in the worldwide peace movement.
And it is also the culmination of a 30-year labour of love for co-curator Lynda Morris.
She said: "I originally did an exhibition on the Left in British Art from 1933-53 and kept coming across references to Picasso.
READ "I knew his painting Guernica had been shown in London but not that it had been in a car showroom in Manchester for example, or that he'd been to the 1950 Sheffield Peace Congress."
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Prof Morris first approached Tate Liverpool director Dr Christoph Grunenberg about a possible exhibition nine years ago.
She said: "It wasn't appropriate to London in the way it was appropriate here.
"People may have family histories they that can bring and attach to Picasso and this period.
"There's a shared understanding here that it couldn't expect perhaps anywhere else except maybe Glasgow. Liverpool feels absolutely the right place."
Artworks have been borrowed from countries including the United States, Czech Republic, France and Denmark, and from more than 40 organisations and individuals.
The images cover the period 1944, when Picasso became a member of the French Communist Party, to his death in 1973 and include large-scale oil paintings and murals together with drawings he did for newspapers, campaigning posters, book covers, photos, and political correspondence including two telegrams from Fidel Castro.
There are also between 40 and 50 different images of his famous Dove of Peace which became the symbol of the international peace movement.
MORE on to Jones' at culturechat. Tate bosses hope Picasso: Peace and Freedom will attract at least as many people as the 194,000 who flocked to the Klimt exhibition two years ago.
co.uk Dr Grunenberg, who is co-curating the exhibition, said: "This is the most ambitious show at Tate Liverpool since Klimt. It's also the largest Picasso exhibition in this country for more than 15 years.
"We hope it will again bring visitors to Liverpool from around the country and beyond.
"Liverpool needs international shows of the highest calibre to maintain the momentum of Capital of Culture and continue to attract new and repeat visitors.
"We're proud of the fantastic loans we've been able to secure and to be able to present a view of Picasso that will radically change the perception of the artist."
. Picasso: Peace and Freedom runs from May 21 to August 30 at Tate Liverpool.
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