The untold story of the greatest artist of the 20th century: pablo picasso
On limited release in 250 cinemas across the UK from 5th February 2019
Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous names in art history, his image and his art are everywhere, yet few know the remarkable story of his rise to greatness. Young Picasso takes an in-depth look at the journey of Picasso’s life and traces his path to genius. EXHIBITION ON SCREEN, the award-winning and much-loved cinematic series that explores the biographies of history’s most revered artists, returns with Young Picasso in cinemas from 5 February 2019 .
Directed by Phil Grabsky ( The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan, In Search of Beethoven, I, Claude Monet ) this extraordinary detective story looks in detail at the elements that drove one small boy from southern Spain to such heights. Three cities play a key role: Málaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso explores each and illustrates why they were so significant.
In close collaboration with five major European museums - Museo Picasso Málaga, Fundación Picasso-Museo Casa Natal, Málaga, where he was born; Museu Picasso de Barcelona, where the most extensive collection of his early works is held; Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona and the Musée national Picasso-Paris, in the city Picasso called home - Young Picasso offers unique insight into the artist’s masterpieces at each of these remarkable institutions as well as additional insight from historians, curators, letters from friends and lovers, and Picasso’s grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso.
This carefully crafted documentary, filmed over two years, includes two critical periods in Picasso’s life - the Blue and Pink Periods - but does not overlook the years before those which are, though much less well-known, absolutely formative. The film culminates in New York, at the Museum of Modern Art where one of Picasso’s works has been on permanent display since the 1930s: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.
Painted by Picasso when he was just 25 years old the painting is now considered groundbreaking yet at the time it was scorned and rejected. Malén Gual, Senior Curator at Museu Picasso de Barcelona comments: “This film brilliantly shows what a solid artistic training Picasso had and what remarkable paintings he produced from an early age. I have worked for decades on Picasso and I was so impressed and excited by seeing his works – and the whole thrilling story – revealed on the big screen”