Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) had a tumultuous relationship with Britain over the course of his life, related to both his personal politics and the shock of his art. This hour-long talk examines the lasting effects of Picasso on Britain. From the artist’s initial visit to London in 1919 and the display of his monumental Guernica (1937) in London, Oxford, Leeds, and Manchester in 1938-9, to his visit to Britain for the International Peace Conference in 1950 as a communist delegate and the cancelled 1952 Picasso retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery, the relationship – and the surrounding public controversies – reveal a multitude of fascinating connections between the most prolific artist of the twentieth century and a country on the verge of its global artistic renaissance.
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