Picasso and Spanish Art History

  • Deadline: Aug 31, 2023
  • Berlin, Germany

This open study day jointly is organized by the Bode-Museum and Museum Berggruen on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso.

This autumn, as part of a collaborative special exhibition, a selection of Picasso works from Museum Berggruen will be shown alongside Spanish sculptures and paintings from the 14th to 18th centuries. The resulting dialogues highlight the continuities and ruptures of Picasso’s own artistic practice in relation to Spanish art history.

In connection with this exhibition, both institutions are jointly organizing an open study day with panels and a keynote with the working title Picasso as Masquerade by Professor Estrella de Diego (Universidad Complutense Madrid and Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando) on Thursday, October 19, 2023. The study day will be conducted in-person only and will be held at the Bode-Museum in Berlin. The languages of the event will be Spanish and English.

University and museum scholars as well as independent researchers are invited to participate in the panels with a 20-minute presentation on the topic of Picasso and Spanish art history.

Proposed topics

Contributions to or related to the following subjects are especially welcome:

  • Iconographical takeovers in Picasso’s works from predecessor works from Spanish art history
  • Heritage and tradition in Spanish and Catalan Modernism or in Picasso’s oeuvre
  • Representations of gender in Picasso’s work: continuity or break with Spanish tradition?
  • Historiography and reception of Picasso and Modernism in Spain during Francoism and in democracy
  • National identity and exile (El Greco, Goya, Picasso et al.)
  • Picasso polyglot: which language(s) to use when talking about Picasso, his identities and his work?


Send an abstract of maximum 250 words / 1,500 characters (including spaces) and a short CV to [email protected] before August 31, 2023.

Travel and accommodation costs will be partially covered for speakers. The study day is made possible by the Embassy of Spain in Germany and the Instituto Cervantes Berlin. The study day and the exhibition are part of Picasso Celebration 1973–2023: 50 exhibitions and events to celebrate Picasso.

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