Picasso’s Acrobats in Siena

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TSanta Maria della Scala in Siena from November 20, 2010 until January 31, 2011 hosts the exhibition Picasso - The Acrobats.

The exhibition contains the complete set of 15 original engravings, and etchings that Pablo Picasso devoted to the world of acrobats from 1904-1905. The rare and prestigious works are from a private collection and depict a series of portraits of circus actors created by Picasso during the transition from the blue to the pink period of the Master.
The Blue Period, named after the blue tone in which the artist immerses poor characters exhausted by hunger, is switched for the pink color during the early years of his residence in Paris. Always fond of circuses, Picasso regularly attends the Circus Medrano borrowing its themes and the color pink.

The engravings depict clowns and acrobats, hungry adventurers dedicated to cheap love, such as poets and artists of Montmartre. A theme dear to Picasso is that of the family where the figures of wanderers are worried by the anguish of poverty but testify to the joys of domestic life. The circus performers are portrayed in moments of rest, singly or in groups, away from the stage and concentrated on daily life sometimes melancholic, where women look after children, and Harlequin, alter ego of poverty and intelligence, gives a strong image of fatherhood.

The exhibit is the result of the cooperation between the Santa Maria della Scala and the Modern Art Gallery of Albenga. This is the first event fruit of this cooperation, and others are being planned.
The exhibit is open from November 20, 2010 until January 31, 2011. The Santa Maria della Scala museum is in Piazza del Duomo in Siena. You will need to look for the Children’s Art Museum to admire the works by Picasso.