Picasso's Vallauris Years
23 june - 22 october 2018
Musée national Pablo Picasso, La Guerre et la Paix
Musée Magnelli, musée de la céramique
Madoura, lieu d’Art, d’Histoire et de Création
This exhibition is organized by the musées nationaux du XXe des Alpes-Maritimes, the city of Vallauris – Golfe-Juan and the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais.
The exhibition «Picasso, les années Vallauris» organised under the «Picasso-Méditerranée» project makes a foray into the heart of Vallauris, in the places where the painter lived and worked from 1947 to 1955 from the time he settled in the Provençal city’s «La Galloise» villa until his departure for Cannes.
Following the tragic years of war, the Vallauris sojourn was an era of family bliss for Picasso. Surrounded by his companion, Françoise Gilot, and their two children, Claude and Paloma, the artist attracted a circle of artists and writers, including Edouard Pignon, Jean Cocteau, Jacques Prévert and Paul Eluard. Fully engaged in the Vallauris community, Picasso injected new energy, inspired festive events such as bullfights and music parades, while pursuing his political activism in the Movement for Peace and the French Communist Party.
Looking at Picasso’s works, his Vallauris years were marked by an extremely fertile artistic creativity that was kept alight by regular ceramic productions in the Madoura workshop. Picasso equally engaged in new technical and iconographic experiments by playing with this traditional craftsmanship to the point of reinventing its codes of practice. In the meantime, he ventured into sculpture, putting together recycled materials and repurposed everyday items, and also linocutting.
Designed as a series of back and forth journeys between everyday life and Picasso’s art works, the exhibition showcases the extremely innovative dimension of his work during this period and highlights the Spanish master’s attachment to the town. By offering the «L’Homme au mouton» statue to Vallauris and painting the monumental La Guerre et la Paix paintings in the chapel of the old priory, Picasso infused power and universality into his Vallauris works.
His refreshed creative freedom is showcased in the exhibition by some three hundred works, thanks to support from the Musée national Picasso in Paris. This impressive collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics is enhanced by numerous documents, including archives, photographs, preparatory drawings, interviews with local personalities close to the artist, and supplemented by a tour of the city that depicts its social, economic and artistic evolution.
For the very first time, the exhibition presents a panorama of those prolific years. It will be showcased in several heritage sites across the city (Musée national Pablo Picasso: La Guerre et la Paix; Musée Magnelli: Ceramics museum; Madoura: Home of Art, History and Creativity; and the former Cinéma l’Éden). An ideal opportunity to see (again) Picasso’s works at Vallauris in the very places they were created.
Robert Doisneau, Picasso palmé, Vallauris 1952 (détail) ©Robert Doisneau/Gamma Rapho © Succession Picasso 2018 - Design saluces
general curators : Anne Dopffer, General Heritage Curator, Director National Museum of 20th Century of the Alpes-Maritimes;
Sandra Benadretti-Pellard, Chief Heritage Curator of Magnelli and ceramics Museum
curator: Johanne Lindskog, Curator of the National Museum Marc Chagall
curator for Madoura : Yves Peltier, director of Madoura, place of art, history and creation
Opening Hours :
From June 23rd to September 16th 2018 : the museum is opened everyday, from 10:00 to 12:30 am and from 14:00 to18h30 pm.Apart from Sept. 17th : the museum is opened everyday, except on Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 12:30 am and from 14:00 to 17h30 pm.
During the exhibition "Picasso's Vallauris years" :
One common ticket for the 4 sites of this exhibition
Full rate : 10 €
Reduced rate : 6,50 € (students, older people, group rate apart from 10 people)
Free for under-26s (EU) and for all on the first Sunday of every month.
Price: (entry to 4 sites) €10, €6.50 concessions (seniors, students, groups of at least 10 persons) Free for persons aged below 18, and the 1st Sunday of the month. Opening hours, during the exposition "Picasso's Vallauris years" : From June 23rd to September 16th 2018 : the museum is opened everyday, from 10:00 to 12:30 am and from 14:00 to18h30 pm. Apart from Sept. 17th : the museum is opened everyday, except on Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 12:30 am and from 14:00 to 17h30 pm.