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Spanish Dialogues – Picasso from the Berggruen Museum as a guest at the Bode-Museum

13.07. 2023 - 21. 01. 2024

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Pablo Picasso - Portrait de Nusch
Pablo Picasso – Portrait de Nusch
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Museum Berggruen / Jens Ziehe / Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst

Building bridges between Spain and Germany

The Bode-Museum presents “Spanish Dialogues – Picasso from the Berggruen Museum as a guest at the Bode-Museum”, a groundbreaking exhibition that not only presents the largest collection of Spanish sculptures from before 1800 in Germany, but also builds a bridge between Spain and Germany in the 21st century. Through the artistic reflection of historical prejudices, a profound connection between the two countries is explored that still exists today.

St. Jerome as a hermit by Diego de Siloé
St. Jerome as a hermit by Diego de Siloé
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst / Markus Hilbich

The power of portraits since the 14th century

The second section of the exhibition analyses the fascinating use of portraits as an instrument of power since the 14th century. Here, control over what and how we show, as well as image strategies that define our membership of social groups, take centre stage. This is exemplified by the impressive works “Woman in an Armchair” (1939) by Picasso and “A Castilian Lady” from the 16th century.

Pablo Picasso - Femme assise, 1940
Pablo Picasso – Femme assise, 1940
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Museum Berggruen / Jens Ziehe / Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst

Emotions and their representation in the 16th and 17th centuries

The third section of the exhibition delves into emotional representation, which already formed the centre of Spanish art in the 16th and 17th centuries. Particular attention is paid to the fascinating appeal of emotions, which both Picasso captures in his work “Portrait of Nusch” (1937) and Pedro Roldán in the “Mater Dolorosa” (1670/75). An exciting dialogue between the works across the centuries reveals the timeless power of emotional forms of expression.

Mater Dolorosa attributed to: Pedro Roldán
Mater Dolorosa attributed to: Pedro Roldán
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst / Antje Voigt

Illusion and transcendence in art

The fourth section deals with the challenge of making the transcendental appear real in art. In times of digital communication, the increasing difficulty of distinguishing between reality and fiction is thematised. Inspired by artists such as Diego de Siloé (1490/95-1563), who created artistic illusions in the 16th century that transcended the material world, the journey from pre-1800 art in Spain to Pablo Picasso’s breakthrough with Cubism is illuminated here. An exciting look at the development of art that transcends the boundaries between painting and sculpture, surface and space.

Further information

The website “Spanish Dialogues. Picasso from the Berggruen Museum visits the Bode Museum” (Advertisement) of the Bode Museum.

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