Imagine Picasso: Madrid brings the work of Spain’s most famous artist to life

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In recent years, the art world has seen a huge increase in the number of “immersive exhibitions” across Europe, bringing the work of some of the world’s most famous artists to life in large spaces with huge light fixtures.

We’ve seen this with people like Van Gogh, Tim Burton, Michelangelo and Leonardo DeVinci.

And it doesn’t look like that trend will be dissipating any time soon, as Madrid have unveiled a new show dedicated to the prolific and groundbreaking Spanish artist. Pablo Picasso.

The exhibition titled Imagine Picasso is hosted at IFEMA MADRID and is the largest immersive exhibition ever held in Spain, and the first dedicated to Picasso.

Over 200 of Picasso’s most famous paintings, including Guernica and The Ladies of Avignonare projected onto the walls, the floor and gigantic polyhedral structures inspired by the origami pieces that Picasso made for his children.

This artistic experience was created by Annabelle Mauger, pioneer of immersive art, and Rudy Ricciotti, winner of the Grand Prix National d’architecture, and was inspired by Picasso’s tender gaze on childhood.

The screenings are accompanied by music by some of Picasso’s greatest contemporary composers, including Debussy, Satie and Ravel, as well as traditional French children’s songs.

Apart from admiring the stunning projections of paintings, visitors can learn about Picasso’s various periods and themes, such as his early work, the Blue Period, the Rose Period, the African Period, Cubism, Neoclassicism, surrealism, as well as his later works.

Mauger described Imagine Picasso as “the impossible exhibition”, since the use of digital makes it possible to bring together in the same space, albeit virtually, works found in different museums around the world.

Imagine Picasso until April 10, 2023 at Espacio 5.1 (IFEMA MADRID).

Watch the video above for a preview of the new exhibit

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