Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the exhibition with photos of Quinn

A look at the artist and his relationship with the female world through the shots of one of the most successful photographers of the twentieth century: this is the theme chosen by the city of Florence to celebrate the genius of the Spanish master and the great Irish photographer with the exhibition " Picasso. The other half of the sky. Photo by Edward Quinn ", scheduled from 30 November 2019 to 1 March 2020, at the Medici Museum of Palazzo Medici Riccardi.
The exhibition, produced and organized by MetaMorfosi under the patronage of the Metropolitan City of Florence, in collaboration with MUS.E, will be inaugurated on Friday 29 November, at 11 am, by Pietro Folena, President of Metamorfosi, and by Letizia Perini representing the City Florence metro. The exhibition is the result of the unusual friendship that bound Picasso to Edward Quinn, as his nephew explains by reconstructing their first meeting on the French Riviera: "He, the ne me dérange pas, (does not disturb me) tells Picasso after that, on March 23, 1953, he photographed him for the first time during his work, so Quinn became one of the few photographers who was allowed to photograph him during work and who was accepted in his private life.
The exhibition - which includes a large series of shots taken by Edward Quinn (Dublin 1920 - Switzerland 1997), the photojournalist who followed Picasso (1881 - 1973) on the French Riviera and portrayed him for about twenty years - presents about eighty photos (two formats on display: 40x50 and 30x40 cm) that tell an intimate and private Picasso, revealing, in particular, its complex relationship with the female universe: the master is portrayed among his women, lovers and friends, among his children, the result of many passions over the years, but also among the many friends and acquaintances who populated his canvases as well as the laid tables and beaches in front of the sea. The photos come from the Quinn Archive in Zurich and were selected by the exhibition's curator, Wolfgang Frei, the photographer's grandson.
"Although Quinn was a dear friend," Frei says, "it was almost never possible to make an appointment with him in time. Picasso often gave the order not to be disturbed. Most visits were unexpected and improvised. But this was in line with Quinn's way of working: her shots did not need long technical preparations. She did not use the tripod and refused to artificially illuminate the rooms and let Picasso pose. The aim was to show under what conditions the the artist created his works ".
Quinn's shots aim to return an unconventional, credible, authentic, documentary image. The photographs on display reveal how the artist was inspired by everyday things and people, but also by the extraordinary ones that surrounded him. In this representation of the personality of the artist, of the people - and of the women - behind the images, a particular focus is on aspects in some dichotomous ways of life: free time next to work, daily life in relation to art, Casanova and the family man, the clown and the extroverted joker, but also the master intent and engaged in his work. A fascinating portrait of the artist and his relationship with the "other half of the sky" which covers a period of over 20 years and which tells an unusual, authentic and rich in humanity Picasso. An undoubtedly highly topical issue, as well as being absolutely original.
"The other half of the sky" - explains Pietro Folena, President of the MetaMorfosi Association - is a historical quote, which highlights, in these times of lively debate, the importance that feminism had. Of course - underlines the president of MetaMorfosi - Picasso cannot be considered a feminist, we would do wrong to his story, to his tormented relationship and, in some passages, tragic with women. However Picasso - concludes Folena - sang the outer and inner beauty of women. approached with the idea that he could also be for them a master of art and culture, a trainer, and in fact it was.