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On the anniversary of his birth, Malaga's Casa Natal museum celebrates the lesser-known side of Picasso

On the anniversary of his birth, Malaga's Casa Natal museum celebrates the lesser-known side of Picasso

A jazz concert is just part of a programme of events that includes theatre and lectures to celebrate the 142nd anniversary of the birth of the artist in the city on 25 October 1881

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Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 08:40


Picasso's birthplace museum, the Casa Natal, is celebrating the 36th Picasso October from 25 October until 29 November. This annual event commemorates the birth of the Malaga artist and focuses on promoting his life and work from a different perspective of his biography to unveil lesser-known aspects.

This series of activities is supported by the Spanish National Commission for the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso as part of the Picasso Celebration 1973-2023, with the backing of Telefónica.

On Picasso's 142nd birthday, 25 October, a jazz concert will be held in the auditorium of the Casa Natal titled Jazz in Picasso's Paris, performed by the Hot Swing Trio, led by Javier Navas.

This concert, which starts at 7pm, will feature the vibraphone to revive the musical style that emerged in France in the 1930s.

The next event will be on 28 October, when there will be a theatrical poetry recital called Picasso: El Entierro del Conde Orgaz. Four actors and a musician will bring to life excerpts from Picasso's last literary text, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, in a world premiere performance by the Ángel Baena company. There will be four, 20-minute showings, at 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm, and 9.30pm, with a capacity of 15 people for each performance.

The auditorium of the Casa Natal is also the venue for the presentation of the book 'Picasso. Conversations Book,' by its compiler, Rafael Inglada, and its editor, Raúl Alonso. This event will take place on 31 October at 7pm when the poet, editor, and Picasso biographer will share the story behind this publication, which compiles 130 interviews and conversations, most of which are unknown in Spain. Picasso is present in all of them, even in his silences. In this book, Picasso is heard as an artist, but also a human being: the family man, his private world and more

On 13 November 13, the 36th Picasso October will move to the headquarters of the Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País, where at 7pm, a roundtable discussion will be moderated by José María Luna, the director of the Public Agency for the Management of the Casa Natal, other museums and facilities. Two talks (in Spanish) will be presented, Tantas Veces Picasso (So Many Times Picasso) by Rafael Inglada, a Picasso biographer, and Pollos y Leones (Chickens and Lions) by Mario Virgilio Montañez, Head of Cultural Promotion at the Casa Natal. The discussion will analyse how the perception of Picasso has evolved.

On 21 November, 7pm, the art historian Nadia Hernández Henche, will deliver a lecture (in Spanish) titled Objetivo Picasso. La Picassofobia en el tardofranquismo (Objective Picasso: Picasso-phobia in Late Francoism). The presentation will focus on the attacks suffered by Spanish bookstores and art galleries by far-right groups at the end of 1971, including the destruction of prints from the 'Suite Vollard' in Madrid. These attacks were aimed at tarnishing Picasso's name and, despite the lack of an official response, they prompted artistic responses and private projects in his honour. These events demonstrate how Picasso inspired critical and intellectual attitudes during the Franco regime.

On 28 November, the book Un Extranjero Llamado Picasso (A Foreigner Called Picasso) will be presented by its author, Annie Cohen-Solal. This work reveals how, during a period that spanned World War I, the Nazi occupation and the rivalries of the Cold War, Picasso had to become a strategist and fight to preserve his work, his career, and his life in general until he finally left Paris for good in 1955. The artist never became a French citizen, but he enriched and revitalised its culture like few other figures in the history of the country. The presentation will take place at 7pm.

Lastly, on 29 November at 7pm, Pablo Salazar, a researcher, will deliver a lecture titled En el Nombre de la Madre: María Picasso López (1855-1938) (In the Name of the Mother: María Picasso López (1855-1938)), which will reveal new aspects of Picasso's relationship with his mother, based on constant contact and the exchange of confidences.

As part of the Picasso October, the archives of the Casa Natal, in conjunction with the Culture Department of the City of Malaga, is organising various activities including the 17th edition of Picasso in the Libraries, where tribute will be paid to the life and work of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

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