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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Picasso and the Spanish Classics

Nov 2, 2023 – Feb 4, 2024
613 W 155th St, New York, NY 10032, United States

This small exhibition focuses on Pablo Picasso’s relationship with Spanish literature and the authors who inspired him, such as the 17th-century masters Luis de Góngora y Argote and Miguel de Cervantes. The exhibition features the artist’s own interpretations of Góngora’s poems, which combine Picasso’s modern, graphic strokes with the early writings. He “time-travels, reimagining Góngora’s beloved as a woman of his own time and place,” the art critic Jed Perl suggested in The New York Review of Books. Also on view is a series of Picasso’s etchings placed alongside manuscripts from the 1800s, such as the only first-edition copy of La Celestina by Fernando de Rojas. The show is part of the Picasso Celebration 1973–2023, a series of 50 events organized for the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death. —Jeanne Malle