This particular exhibition is called Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond: The World Reimagined.
It’s still hard to believe that there was a time when I haven’t seen any artwork of Picasso’s in real life just a few years ago. It’s really brought home to me how lucky I’ve been in the past few years, being able to travel and visit several museums and galleries which have held works by the artist. Even until now, his work remains fresh and startling and interesting and always brings new revelations with it.
I didn’t take a picture of Picasso’s Goat Skull and Bottle sculpture while at this exhibition but looking back on it, I think it was probably my favourite piece on display.
I also never get tired of looking at de Toulouse-Lautrec’s paintings. I think it’s because when I was younger, I read an autobiographical novel about him and the infamous Moulin Rouge – I can’t remember now but I think it might have been a translation of the book by Pierre La Mure. It is a particular fascinating read and until now I always think of de Toulouse-Lautrec as the real star of Moulin Rouge.
Dali is also another favourite. I think one of the reasons why I like his work, and Picasso’s, so much is because there’s this faint sense of something disturbing about their work, something that gets right under people’s skin and makes them uncomfortable because it speaks to something within the human condition that we don’t necessarily like about ourselves but it’s there nevertheless and these paintings show us glimpses of it. They speak an undeniable truth. It’s the same reason why I enjoy Goya’s work.
When we stopped to look at this particular painting below, the guard told us that if we stood in the centre and stared look enough, pink dots would appear in our vision in the painting. We tried it and it was true!
This particular series will run until December 2nd, followed next year by Stranger than Fiction. I’m looking forward in particular to seeing works by Damien Hirst and Mona Hatoum!