Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time

Picasso and Rivera - About

Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera were contemporaries, erstwhile competitors, equally ambitious and prolific as artists, internationally famous, and well aware of their larger-than-life personalities. Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time presents moments of intersection in the formation of modernism both in Europe and Latin America, and asks how these towering figures of the twentieth century engaged with their respective ancient Mediterranean and Pre-Columbian worlds. The exhibition compares their artistic trajectories beginning with their similar academic training to their shared investment in Cubism and their return to an engagement with antiquity from the 1920s through the 1950s. By placing 150 paintings, etchings, and watercolors in dialogue with each other and with singular ancient objects, Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time aims to advance the understanding of Picasso and Rivera’s practice, particularly in how their contributions were deeply influenced by the forms, myths, and structures of the arts of antiquity.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.

The organizers are grateful for the special collaboration of the Secretaría de Cultura, the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA), Mexico, and Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), Mexico.

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Sponsored by:

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Support is provided by The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation with additional funding from the Robert Lehman Foundation. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional support is provided by Isabel and Agustín Coppel.

All exhibitions at LACMA are underwritten by the LACMA Exhibition Fund. Major annual support is provided by Kitzia and Richard Goodman, with generous annual funding from the Judy and Bernard Briskin Family Foundation, Louise and Brad Edgerton, Edgerton Foundation, Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Jenna and Jason Grosfeld, and Lenore and Richard Wayne.

Picasso and Rivera - Video

In this video, curators Diana Magaloni, Deputy Director & Director of the Program for for Art of the Ancient Americas, and Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA, discuss the exhibition in depth. 

Picasso and Rivera: Video Background Rights

The following artworks appear in the video background for this webpage.

Diego Rivera, Self-Portrait, 1906, Museo de Arte de Sinaloa, Gobierno del Estado de Sinaloa Colección ISIC-MASIN, © 2016 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo courtesy Museo de Arte de Sinaloa, Colección ISIC-MASIN, by Agustin Estrada

Pablo Picasso, Self-Portrait (Autoportrait), 1906, Musée Picasso, Paris, © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY, by René-Gabriel Ojéda

Diego Rivera, Sailor at Lunch (Marinero almorzando), 1914, Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, Marte R. Gómez Collection, INBA, © 2016 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo courtesy Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, Guanajuato

Pablo Picasso, Student with a Newspaper (L’etudiant au journal), 1913–14, promised gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection, © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Pablo Picasso, The Pipes of Pan (La Flûte de Pan), Summer 1923, Musée Picasso Paris, © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY, by J.G. Berizzi

Pablo Picasso, Three Women at the Spring (Trois femmes á la fontaine), Fontainebleau, Summer 1921, The Museum of Modern Art, NY, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allan D. Emil, © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY

Pablo Picasso, Studies (Études), 1920, Musée Picasso Paris, © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY

Pablo Picasso, Man with a Pipe, 1915, © Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Mrs. Leigh B. Block in memory of Albert D. Lasker