Picasso and Antiquity. Line and clay
Athens Art Conservation compiled the Condition Reports for Picasso’s works, during the installation and uninstallation of the exhibition: “Picasso and Antiquity. Line and clay”, organized at the Museum of Cycladic Art in collaboration with many international foundations, museums and private collectors (20-6-2019 to 20-10-2019).
The exhibition website mentions: “Sixty-eight rare ceramics and drawings by Picasso, featuring birds, animals, sea creatures, humans, and mythological beasts (centaurs, the Minotaur) or inspired by ancient drama and comedies, converse thematically for the first time with sixty seven ancient works, creating another Divine Dialogue between Greek antiquity and modern art.
Picasso’s compositions—ceramics and drawings created between the 1920s and 1960s—come from foreign foundations, museums, and collections, including Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte (FABA), Musée National Picasso – Paris, Musée Picasso Antibes, Museo Picasso Μálaga, Museum Berggruen (Berlin) and private collections. The antiquities come from 15 Greek museums and collections, namely the National Archaeological Museum, the Archaeological Museums of the Ancient Agora, Agios Nikolaos, Chania, Chora (Messenia), Delos, Eretria, Herakleion, Marathon, Paros, Patras, Thebes, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection and the Cyprus Museum. They include sculptures, ceramics and bronze artefacts dating from Prehistory (from c. 3200 BC) to the Late Roman period (to the mid-third century AD).”
“For me there is no past or future in Art. If a work of art cannot always live in the present, it should not be considered as such at all. The art of the (ancient) Greeks, the Egyptians, the great painters who lived in other times, is not an art of the past; perhaps it is more alive today than ever.”
“If someone were to write down on a piece of paper all the routes I took and connect them with a line, they would probably draw a Minotaur.”