The exhibition of Picasso & Miró held at the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta was a huge success for Malta, with over 70,000 visitors.
Picasso and Miró. The Flesh and the Spirit offered the first international presentation of 144 works by these two great 20thcentury artists. Organised by Fundación MAPFRE in collaboration with the Office of the President of Malta and Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, the exhibition contributed to the image of Valletta as European Cultural Capital 2018 from a cultural, educational and recreational perspective.
The Flesh and the Spirit was part of the cultural event “Picasso-Mediterranean”, led by the Musée National Picasso-Paris. Around 60 cultural institutions from across Europe have joined forces for this initiative, notably the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Fondation Van Gogh in Arles, the Musées de Marseilles, the Paris Opéra, the Museo Capodimonte in Naples, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Contemporanea in Roma and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. Together they will be aiming to pay tribute to Pablo Picasso, exploring his creations and the places that inspired him in order to offer a unique cultural experience that will strengthen ties between all sides of the Mediterranean.
This landmark exhibition was very well received, with over 70,000 visitors visiting, making it one of the most well-attended exhibitions in Malta in recent times. Accompanying the exhibition was a full programme of events organised by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, which included daily free guided tours as well as children’s workshops focusing on Picasso and print, and Miró and sculpture.
For those who missed the exhibition a detailed and illustrated catalogue is still available for sale at MAPFRE Middlesea regional offices in Floriana, Birkirkara and Luqa. It is also available at Agenda Bookshops.