Written by Mathieu Doublet.
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Pablo Picasso's passing, the Centre Pompidou is organising « Picasso. Dessiner à l'infini » in collaboration with the musée national Picasso-Paris. The exhibition highlights the most prolific part of his creation by bringing together nearly a thousand works: notebooks, drawings and engravings. From his youthful studies to his final works, for Picasso, drawing was a constantly renewed place of invention around the power of the stroke, ranging from serpentine lines to hatched drawings and proliferating compositions, from the delicate nuances of pastels to the deep blacks of ink. The exhibition is the greatest retrospective ever organised of the artist's drawings and engravings, plunging visitors into the maelstrom of Picasso's creative processes. At the same time, the musée national Picasso-Paris presents the Sophie Calle exhibition entitled « À toi de faire, ma mignonne », act 2 of the Celebration that explores the idea of disappearance, which is central to the artist's work. Both exhibitions belong to « Célébration Picasso 1973-2023 », an event introduced by the musée national Picasso-Paris and Bernard Picasso, grandson of the artist. It is organised around some fifty exhibitions and events to be held in reputed cultural institutions in Europe and North America and which, together, with the help of reinterpretations and original approaches, enable us to review the state of studies and comprehension of Picasso's oeuvre.