I could have died having accomplished nothing. I am alive thanks to Picasso. He was a witness to my birth, I owe everything to him. (Fenosa)
My son from an unknown mother. (Picasso about Fenosa)
The exhibition entitled Fenosa and Picasso, a friendship is made possible with the cooperation of the Apel.les Fenosa Foundation of Vendrell (Catalonia).
The purpose of the exhibition is to illustrate the mutual friendship of Apel.les Fenosa and Picasso.It includes sculptures by Fenosa collected by Picasso and a selection of works by each artist, as well as texts and photographs that document the friendship.
The friendship dates back to 1923. Fenosa was introduced to Picasso by painter Pere Pruna. Picasso told Fenosa tha the should exhibit his sculptures and he at once became Fenosa’s friend and the principal collector of his works.In 1924, Picasso helped Fenosa organise his first solo exhibition at Galerie Percier, and he introduced him to his circle of friends: Max Jacob, Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Tristan Tzara, Paul Éluard and Coco Chanel.
The friendship is very much a part of a history that includes the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. The artists shared common dreams of freedom. “Catalans, like all oppressed peoples, share strong bonds of friendship and mutual help. This explains why Pruna introduced me to Picasso and why Picasso helped me.”
The exhibition includes 24 Fenosa sculptures. Some date back to 1923, the year the artists became friends. Once owned by Pablo Picasso, the works are now owned by Bernard-Ruiz Picasso, a grandson of the great artist.
Some of Fenosa’s sculptures were produced between 1939 and 1974. There are also drawings dating back to the 1940s, as well as illustrations, books and correspondence exchanged by friends related to the exhibition. It also includes prints, manuscripts, engravings, Limoges porcelain items designed by Fenosa featuring Picasso iconography, and a Salvador Dali engraving given to Fenosa by Coco Chanel.
A premiere in America, this exhibition will be presented by the Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul from June 18 to November 6, 2016.