Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914

Sometime between October and December 1912, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) made a guitar. Cobbled together from cardboard, paper, string, and wire, materials he cut, folded, threaded, and glued, Picasso’s purely visual instrument resembled no sculpture ever seen before.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York, United States.
From Sunday 13 February 2011 to Monday 06 June 2011

Still life with Guitar. Variant state. Paris image Photographic composition with Construction with Guitar Player and Violin. Paris image Installation in the artist’s studio at 242, boulevard Raspail. Paris image Guitar, Gas Jet, and Bottle. Paris image Head. Céret image Siphon, Glass, Newspaper, and Violin. Paris image Bottle, Wineglass, and Newspaper on a Table. Paris image Man with a Hat and a Violin. Paris image Bottle, Guitar, and Pipe. Paris image Guitar. Céret image Guitar. Paris image Guitar. Paris image Guitar. Paris image

Published by MOMA on Tuesday 30 November 2010.
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In 1914 the artist reiterated his fragile papery construction in more fixed and durable sheet metal form. These two Guitars, both gifts from the artist to MoMA, bracket an incandescent period of material and structural experimentation in Picasso’s work. It is this breakthrough moment in twentieth-century art, and the Guitars place within it, that Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914 explores. Bringing together some seventy closely connected collages, constructions, drawings, mixed-media paintings, and photographs assembled from over thirty public and private collections worldwide, this exhibition offers fresh insight into Picasso’s cross-disciplinary process in the years immediately preceding World War I. A publication will accompany Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914. MoMA is also working on the development of an e-book to follow the exhibition that will draw upon close examination of the works assembled for the show.