Exhibitions 2020

Picasso/Miró – An artistic friendship

19 September 2020 - 31 January 2021

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster is dedicating itself to the extraordinary creative relationship between the two Spanish artists of the century, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. They first met in Paris in February 1920, when Miró, twelve years younger than Picasso, paid a visit to his already established fellow countryman. From then on, the two were bound together by a lifelong friendship.

The anniversary exhibition traces the artistic paths of Picasso and Miró, which repeatedly crossed. Over 100 exhibits by the two artists will be shown in Münster in dialogue: Through exemplarily selected works, the presentation traces the influence Surrealism had on their work in the twenties and early thirties. Furthermore, it will be examined how both Spaniards creatively dealt with art history in the form of variations on old masters. The juxtaposition of their graphic works in the exhibition context allows us to explore their different ways of thinking and working. While Miró designed his graphics meticulously, Picasso went about his work operatively, without a precise pictorial idea, and only concretized it at work. As he once said: "A picture is not finished and thought up from the outset. As you work on it, it changes in the same way as your thoughts change."

While Picasso's work is characterized by frequent changes of direction and style, Mirós appears more straightforward. He once compared his artistic work processes with the careful work of a gardener who tends and cares for the plants entrusted to him. However, both greats of Spanish art are united by the fact that throughout their lives they never took the step into complete abstraction.

Where Ideas Are Born – Magnum Photos

Planned for early 2021

The group exhibition goes in search of the places where creativity takes shape - the artists' studios and studios where ideas are born. The show brings together over 20 internationally renowned photographers from the Magnum Agency. The independent photo agency was founded in New York in 1947 by the four photographers Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David "Chim" Seymor and George Rodger. They named the agency after the bottle of champagne they drank on this occasion.

On display are around 80 photographic portraits of artists who made art history in the last century and who have had a decisive influence on the exhibition today. They can all be seen in their creative environment, from the cramped studios of Parisian avant-garde artists at the beginning of the 20th century, through the New York lofts of American pop and minimal artists to the highly professionally run studios of the international stars of the contemporary art market. The photographs are the result of an attempt to capture the moment when the spark of creativity is ignited.