Picasso and History

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Call for Papers
April 30, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Social History / Studies

IV International Congress: Picasso and History

Call for Papers

The Museo Picasso Málaga will host the Fourth International Congress on Pablo Picasso on the ninth, tenth and eleventh of October 2018, in the city of Málaga. Thanks to the initiative of the Musée national Picasso-Paris, since 2015 the congress has offered an annual forum where recent academic studies on Picasso’s work, stature and sociocultural context are presented and debated.

This year’s congress turns to the topic of “Picasso and History” in order to explore new ways of understanding the artist’s work.

The interpretation of Picasso’s work has hitherto been dominated by formalism, semiology, and biography. It seems productive, now, to turn to an historical approach as a guide to the creation and reception of Picasso’s work. The nine decades of the artist’s life extended over several tumultuous periods of modern history. To what extent did Picasso weave this history—social, economic, political and cultural—into the fabric of his paintings, sculptures, drawing and prints? And to what extent did these historical factors shape our understanding of Picasso?

In particular, how did historical factors affect the ways that other artists made use of his work? Picasso exercised a tremendous influence on artists—not only in Europe and the United States, but also in Latin America and Asia. Indeed, it might be argued that Picasso was the first “global” artist. His work offered a variety of visual languages that artists used to express the psychological effects of modernization, the contest between political movements, and the struggle against colonialism.

The main objective of this Fourth Congress is to explore new interpretations made possible by research into the historical context and reverberations of Picasso’s work. We specifically invite proposals for papers addressing the following topics:

  • How do economic, social, and political factors enter into Picasso’s art?
  • What social and political meanings do critics, collectors, scholars and curators attribute to his work?
  • How do other artists in other countries and regions make use of Picasso’s innovations in order to create new art addressing social and political issues?

Each day of the Congress will address a different chronological period:

  • Day 1: Before World War I, 1896-1914
  • Day 2: Between the World Wars, 1915-1945
  • Day 3: After World War II, 1946-1973

Within this chronological framework, we will also examine the dissemination of Picasso’s work and influence in multiple geographic regions:

  • Europe
  • The Americas
  • Other Global Regions (Africa, South Asia, East Asia)

We welcome proposals for 20-minute presentations addressing the creation and reception of Picasso’s work from a broad range of historical perspectives. Proposals should be up to 500 words in length. Papers should be in English, French or Spanish. In addition to giving the title of your talk, please specify the historical and geographical coordinates of your topic. Please, also be sure to include your contact information, a brief curriculum vitae (up to 250 words) and institutional affiliation (if any).

Proposals should be sent by email to: picassohistoria@mpicassom.org

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2018.  We will respond by the end of May.