Tate Liverpool – Critical Forum. Political Picasso

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Critical Forum
Political Picasso: Peace and Freedom in the Cold War

Friday 21 May 2010, 11.00–18.00

Political Picasso: Peace and Freedom in the Cold War sets out to radically reassess the significance of Picasso’s involvement in the Cold War dominated politics of the late 1940s-60s. The conference investigates the understanding that Picasso’s politically inspired artworks had in a range of European countries inside and outside the Soviet bloc, and in the world beyond.

Issues of ‘peace’ and ‘freedom’ continue to dominate our horizons as they did those of peace activists inside and outside the Communist parties. The conference also seeks to consider whether the moral, aesthetic and ideological weight associated with Picasso’s major paintings of the time (Charnel House, 1944-5, Massacre in Korea, 1951 and their prefigurative model, Guernica, 1937) belongs to a lost age. Could visual art in our time ever again take on this burden, and if the answer is ‘no’, then what does this reveal about our contemporary culture and the place and power of art within it?

Speakers include Andrew Brighton, David Caute, Brigitte Leal and Diana Widmaier Picasso.

There will be an opportunity for conference attendees to view the exhibition Picasso: Peace and Freedom at Tate Liverpool from 9.00-11.00 on the day of the conference. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to attend the Private View of the exhibition following the conference, from 18.30-21.30 at Tate Liverpool.

Please note this conference takes place in the Leggate Lecture Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum, Ashton Street, University of Liverpool