Picasso and Miro go head to head in Dubai

A major new exhibition shows the work of the two great Spanish artists.

Robert Chilton March 31, 2016

More than 250 pieces from the hands of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró are currently on display at a major exhibition in Dubai.   

Rather than paintings, the collection entitled Passion and Poetry instead showcases the work of both men in lithographs, ceramics and graphics. Some are simple line drawings, while elsewhere cabinets display plates and jugs. There are also examples of Picasso’s famous Cubist period and Miró’s recognisable, highly colourful sketches. 

EDGAR got a sneak peek of the inspiring collection at Annex Tower in the Burj Khalifa, which has more than 250 pieces on display borrowed from private collections in Spain, Italy and Germany. 

The landmark exhibition shows pieces from the two Spanish greats in chronological order and is broken up into five sections: Creators of Myth, Inventors of New Languages, Jugglers of Form, Poets of Colour and Alchemists of Art. 

“The exhibition is not merely a journey which tells a dialectic relationship between history and contemporaneity, but also a dialogue between the signs of tradition lived and interpreted by theartists, and the energies that lighted up their creativity,” explains curator Sergio Gaddi. 

Throughout the exhibition, which runs until May 17, powerful quotes from both artists, offering their views on art and its creation are painted on the walls. Visitors to the impressive pop-up gallery are greeted with this remark from Picasso: “Everything you can imagine is real” while Miró’s wisdom reads: “The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.” 

Particularly beautiful are Picasso’s seemingly simple engravings in his Carmen collection. “You see them and you think ‘I can do that’,” smiles Gaddi. “Maybe you could, but you wouldn’t be the first. Being second is easy. Coming up with the idea is hard and contemporary art is about ideas.” 

The exhibition has been steered by Alpha Soul, a Dubai-based company aiming to bring art and culture to the UAE. “We believe that art is a universal language and that it will speak to each andevery person that visits this exhibit and hopefully open their minds to other ways of viewing the world,” says Khalid Alhalyan, co-founder of Alpha Soul.