Visitors can see a new Picasso painting from September 14 at the Ludwig Museum’s exhibition titled Time Machine. The Bust of the man in the hat (Buste d’Homme au Chapeau, 1970) arrived in Budapest to temporarily replace another Picasso painting, Musketeers (1967), originally seen in the exhibition.
Author: Éva Kolba
On the information board next to the painting, we can read that the museum’s German sister institution, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, has borrowed the Musketeers (and a ceramic bowl depicting a bullfight) for an exhibition on Picasso until January 30, 2022 – Szeretlekmagyarorszag reported.
The Ludwig couple donated the Bust of the man in hat to the museum in Cologne and the three Picasso paintings and the series of ceramic bowls found in Budapest. Thanks to the collectors, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne has the third most extensive Picasso collection, so they easily chose a piece from the rich collection that can temporarily replace the borrowed Musketeers.
The Budapest Ludwig Museum’s Time Machine exhibition was created during a short break during
the pandemic under extraordinary circumstances. Each of the objects on display represents time, the passing of time. According to the concept, the artworks are time machines, allowing us an imaginary journey in time. The Picasso paintings on display in the exhibition illustrate how the great innovators of the twentieth century reflect on their great ancestors. And also how artists like Picasso relate to the work of their followers and critics. The portrait of a man in the hat, painted with light brush strokes and bright colours, is also considered a symbolic self-portrait of Picasso in literature.
The old artist loved to hide in the skin of musketeers, picadors and other masculine characters.
The other artworks in the Time Machine exhibition also examine the relationship between time and art from different perspectives.
We can learn about recent history at the exhibition, including regime change and its connections to the avant-garde. Antoni Muntadas’s work can make us think about the fate of the monuments as well. We can also come across artworks about social utopias, revolutions and wars at the exhibition, just as well as works of art highlighting the moment of death.
The relationship between still image and movie is also the focus of this exhibition.
This section also features Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book-looking artwork. Furthermore, we can also admire works that, in a longer time than usual, are composed of innumerable parts into monumental works of art.
The Time Machine exhibition can be viewed until December 31, 2022. Details can be found on the website of Ludwig Museum Budapest.