The photos of Edward Quinn from November 30 2019 to 1 March 2020 in the Medici Museum of Palazzo Medici Riccardi. inauguration Friday 29 November, at 11
A look at the artist and his relationship with the female world through the shots of one of the most successful twentieth-century photographers: this is the theme chosen by the city of Florence to celebrate the genius of the Spanish master and the great Irish photographer with the exhibition "Picasso. The other half of the sky. Photo by Edward Quinn ", scheduled from 30 November 2019 at the 1 March 2020, at the Medici Museum of Palazzo Medici Riccardi.
The exhibition, produced and organized by Metamorphosis under the patronage of Metropolitan City of Florence, will be inaugurated on Friday 29 November, at 11, from Pietro Folena, president of Metamorfosi, and da Letizia Perini representing the Metropolitan City of Florence. The exhibition is the fruit of the unusual friendship that linked Picasso to Edward Quinn, as his nephew explains, reconstructing their first encounter on the French Riviera: "" He, the ne me dérange pas ", (" it does not bother me ") tells Picasso after 23, 1953, had photographed him for the first time during his work. So Quinn became one of the few photographers who were allowed to photograph him at work and who was accepted in his private life. "
The exhibition - which includes a substantial series of shots taken by Edward Quinn (Dublin 1920 - Switzerland 1997), the photojournalist who followed Picasso (1881 - 1973) on the French Riviera and portrayed him for about twenty years - presents about eighty photo (two formats on display: 40 × 50 and 30 × 40 cm) that tell a story Intimate and private Picasso, revealing, in particular, its complex relationship with the female universe: the master is portrayed among his women, lovers and friends, among his sons, the result of many passions over the years, but also among the many friends and acquaintances who populated his paintings as well as the laid tables and the beaches in front at the sea. The photos come from the Quinn Archive in Zurich and were selected by the curator of the exhibition, Wolfgang Frei, nephew of the photographer.
"Even if Quinn - he still says Frei - he was a dear friend, it was almost never possible to fix an appointment with him in time. Often Picasso gave the order not to be disturbed. Almost all visits were unexpected and improvised. However, this was in line with Quinn's way of working: his shots did not need long technical preparations. He did not use a tripod and refused to artificially illuminate the rooms and let Picasso pose. The goal was to show under what conditions the artist created his works ».
Quinn's shots aim to return an unconventional, credible, authentic and documentary image. The photographs on display reveal how the artist was inspired by everyday things and people, but also by the extraordinary things that surrounded him. In this representation of the personality of the artist, of the people - and of the women - behind the images a particular focus is turned to the aspects for some dichotomic aspects of life: free time next to work, the daily in relation to art, Casanova and the family man, the clown and the extroverted joker, but also the master intent and committed to his work. A fascinating portrait of the artist and his relationship with the "other half of the sky" that covers a period of over 20 years and that tells an unusual, authentic and rich in humanity Picasso.
An undoubtedly highly topical issue, as well as an absolute originality. "The other half of the sky" - he explains Peter Folena, President of the MetaMorfosi Association - is a historical quote, which highlights, in these times of lively debate, the importance that feminism had. Certainly - underlines the president of MetaMorfosi - Picasso cannot be considered a feminist, we would do an injury to his story, to his tormented relationship and, in some passages, tragic with women. However, Picasso - concludes Folena - sang the outer and inner beauty of women. Women who approached him with the idea that he could also be a teacher of art and culture, a trainer. And in fact it has been. "
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