In Aix-en-Provence, the art center of the Hotel de Caumont historical mansion places face to face the works of Picasso and Botero in an imaginary arty dialogue.
A few steps from the cours Mirabeau, one of the most handsome 18th century mansions in Aix-en-Provence has been transformed into an art center after a successful renovation. This major landmark of local cultural activity welcomes the exhibition of two giants in the realm of contemporary painting, showcased in superb reception rooms, where the rich production of the Columbian master is presented next to 20 paintings by the famous artist from Andalusia.
Aix-en-Provence opens up a dialogue between Botero and Picasso
And while the two artists never actually met, this imaginary dialogue puts the spotlight on their respective works, their personal stories and their trajectories under an unusual angle. The affinity between Fernando Botero, who presents oils on canvas, drawings and sculptures, becomes quite obvious next to portraits and autoportraits by Pablo Picasso on loan from museums in Paris and Barcelona.
Major works with common cultural references
Amongst the spotlight pieces of the artist known for his characters with voluptuous shapes, let us cite the Dyptique, the gigantic Pear, Pierrot, his imposing Horse or Fornarina. As for the figurehead of the cubist movement, his works on display include the Acrobat, the Musician, the Village Dance and the Flute of Pan, all showcased in an institution dedicated to leading names in art history.