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Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder: The Pavilion

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Hugo Paul Herdeg, Portrait of Alexander Calder with Mercury Fountain in the patio of the Spanish Pavilion at the Exposition Internationale de Paris, July 1937. Photograph © Christian Herdeg / Hugo Paul Herdeg, courtesy of Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, New York
© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 Join Professor Mendelson, contributing author of the exhibition catalogue Calder-Picasso, for a special lecture that describes not only the historic and artistic conditions that lead up to Pablo Picasso’s and Alexander Calder’s participation in the Spanish Republic's Pavilion, but also looks back and forward from the Pavilion to share the ways that these artists were key to the introduction of modern art in Spain. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. 

In 1937, the artists Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Alexander Calder were among the tens of artists included in the Spanish Republic's Pavilion for the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris. Without a doubt, their work attracted the most attention at the time and has been the focus of numerous studies by historians in the years since. In particular, the mural by Picasso (Guernica) and the sculpture by Calder (Mercury Fountain), which were installed near each other on the Pavilion's bottom floor, represented two different but equally powerful interventions by these artists. Their work was instrumental in calling international visitors' attention to the plight of the Republic, which was under assault by the military coup initiated by General Francisco Franco and his followers in July 1936.

This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, a weekly YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs

 
 

About the Exhibition

The de Young museum is the first American venue for the exhibition Calder-Picasso, which features more than 100 sculptures, paintings, drawings, and graphics by Alexander Calder (1898–1976) and Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), two of the most innovative and influential artists of the twentieth century. With his mobiles, Calder animated sculpture and engaged the viewer in a dynamic dialogue with the ever-evolving artwork. Alternating between representation and abstraction, Picasso revealed and explored the infinite potential inherent in both styles, often in the same work of art.
 
Conceived and curated by Alexander Calder’s grandson Alexander S. C. Rower and Pablo Picasso’s grandson Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, this exhibition juxtaposes artworks by the two artists, revealing both the intriguing parallels between these great innovators and the unique visions that make each distinctive. They reaffirm the revolutionary contributions of two artists who transformed our conceptions of form and space—and thus the very definition of art itself.
 

About the Speaker

Jordana Mendelson received her B.A. in Art History with a minor in Spanish from Boston University (1988) and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from Yale University (1993, 1999). Dr. Mendelson's research focuses on early twentieth-century visual culture in Spain. Her articles have appeared in The Art Journal,  Boletín de la Institución Libre de Enseñanza, Catalan Review, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, and Modernism/Modernity. She is the author of Documenting Spain: Artists, Exhibition Culture, and the Modern Nation 1929-1939 (Penn State University Press, 2005) and Revistas y Guerra 1936-1939/Magazines and War 1936-1939 (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2007), and the co-author of Margaret Michaelis: Fotografía, Vanguardia y Política en la Barcelona de la República (Institut Valencià d'Art Moderno, 1999). She has curated numerous exhibitions, including “Other Weapons: Photography and Print Culture during the Spanish Civil War” (International Center of Photography, 2007)

 

 

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