Saturday, November 11, 2006

VENICE - Palazzo Grassi
Picasso - La Joie de Vivre 1945-1948 and The Francoise Pinault Collection, a Post-Pop Selection opening. Welcome to Picasso and Palazzo Grassi. This seems to be the message of Maurizio Cattelan’s sculpture (untitled, 1998) which is strategically placed on the first floor. Cattelan’s Picasso leads us through an interesting new selection of Palazzo Grassi’s owner, Francois Pinault’s private collection of Post-Pop. On the top floor, two hundred and fifty fantastic works, illustrate Picasso’s Joie de Vivre 1945-1948 (curated by Jean-Louis Andral, until March 11th, 2007). These post war years were inspired by his new love, Francoise Gilot, his discovery of pottery and the Mediterranean. As an introduction to this happy period there are the fascinating photographs taken by his friend, Michel Sima, which enlightens us as to how the maestro worked a Chateau Grimaldi now the Musee Picasso in Antibes.
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