Sunburn at the Pavillon Vendôme Museum
Pablo Picasso and André Villers: Sunburn at the Pavillon Vendôme Museum
ThePavillon de Vendôme Museum in Aix-en-Provencebrings together throughout the summer the multi-disciplinary artist’s four-handed workPablo Picassoand the photographerAndré Villers. The latter immortalized the greatest artists of this periodtwentieth century:Calder, Brassaï, Cocteau, César… Photographs visible at the museum that bears his name in the heart of the old village ofMouginsin theAlpes-Maritimes. He discovered photography when he was hospitalized at the sanatorium of Vallauris between 1947 and 1955. These years correspond to the period in which Pablo Picasso settled there and worked in ceramics. From their meeting is born a friendship and a unique artistic collaboration.
André Villers meets the Catalan master in March1953. He gave him his first camera, a Rolleiflex. Their artistic collaboration is an adventure experimenting with photography and cutting, transcending and diverting the boundaries between photography and sculpture by playing with what unites them: light, shadow, hollow, full, form and space;Picassocut, modify, pin the photos ofVillersto make collages of them. Then, he transforms them, interprets them in his turn before making new clichés thatPicassowill cut again. An aesthetic put in abyss.
“We’ll both have to do something. I’ll cut out little characters and you can take pictures. With the sun, you will give importance to the shadows, it will be necessary that you make thousands of clichés”saidPablo Picassoto the youngAndré Villers50 years younger. These 10 years of unique creation and collaboration result in the publication in1962of about thirty images under the titleDiurnaland whose preface is written by the poetJacques Prévert. ThePavillon de Vendôme Museumgathers all these prints that reveal the process, the thought process and the scenes created in the universe of the two artists. A“sunburn”, a reference to the photographic flash according to the Catalan master, naïve and imaginative, poetic and lyrical, expression of two singular universes and two primitive glances on the sensitive world.
Until September 30, 2018
Villers/Picasso – Sunburn
Pavillon de Vendôme Museum
13, rue de la Molle or 32, rue Célony13100
Tel: 04 42 91 88 75
Open every day except Tuesday
10am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 6pm
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