Picasso, Shared and Divided

The Artist and His Image in East and West Germany

What do we associate with the name Pablo Picasso? And what did the Germans in the postwar era associate with the artist when he was at the height of his fame?

Far more than we do – as is shown in this volume, which looks back on the impressive scope, tension, and productivity that marked his appropriation.

The focus here is not only on the artist, but on his audience, which interpreted Picasso’s art in highly differing ways in the Capitalist West and the Socialist East.

This pubication, which is the catalogue for the exhibition ‘Picasso, Shared and Divided’ at the Museum Ludwig (Cologne), relates this chapter from German history alongside a host of illustrations: reproductions of political works by Picasso, views of exhibition installations, newspaper clippings, letters, pamphlets, pages from catalogues, and much, much more.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition at Museum Ludwig, Cologne (25 Septem­ber 2021 – 30 Jan­uary 2022).

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