Liguria is one of the best parts of Italy, which is quite a claim but I’m going to stick by it. If you’ve been thinking of visiting and getting some winter sun then here’s something that might swing it for you: there’s a new Picasso show to see. This is good news, unless you’re surfeited with works by Mr Picasso, which is quite possible, although not the sort of thing that people admit in polite society. Another Picasso exhibition, how marvellous being the preferred reaction to being told there is a new Picasso exhibition in town. Anyway, this one isn’t in town, as you have probably guessed, it’s in Genoa.
50 works from the artist’s private collection will be exhibited in Palazzo Ducale in Genoa until May 6th 2018, in cooperation with the Musée Picasso in Paris. Not everyone knows that Pablo Picasso was of Ligurian origins. Around the year 1807 his great-grandfather Thomas Picasso left his house in Sori and moved to Malaga. It was here that he married and had five children, including Maria Picasso, Pablo’s mother. In 1954 Picasso wanted to discover the origins of his family and decided to explore and research in the Ligurian communes of Sori, Recco, Avegno and Camogli.
The exhibition is divided into thematic sections that retrace the artist’s life and work. Also on display are several photographs showing him alongside his works. Works on show range from his early nineteenth-century African inspired works as well as his famous pieces from the seventies, following the main landmarks of his artistic path and presenting some of his most well-known themes.