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
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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.
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