Art in Delhi has never had it this big. Hundred original works of Pablo Picasso, one of the most recognised figures in 20th century art, are coming to the Capital in an exhibition that opens next Thursday.
Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Language and Cultural Centre, in collaboration with Fundacion Mapfre, a Spanish cultural foundation is presenting 100 original copper etchings made by the master himself in the showing, titled Picasso’s Suite Vollard Collection. Extraordinary care has been taken by the organisers to ensure the safety of the masterpieces, some of which fetched close to Rs 1 crore at previous auctions.
Ever since the works arrived in the Capital on October 28, amidst tight security, they have been stored in humidity controlled rooms, inside boxes specifically designed for each one of them. “We have kept in mind that the works will not suffer during transportation,” said the spokesperson for the Centre. Made between 1930 to 1937, these works will be shown in India for the first time ever.
Art curators explain that several procedural hassles accompany any transfer of valuable art into India. “Indian authorities still do not understand how valuable art can be and tend to be difficult in customs clearances,” says curator Roobina Karode. Regardless, noted curator Alka Pande says it’s high time works by great masters came to India and adds, “For sure it’s big news for art lovers.”
Art lovers can’t hide their excitement. Rip Kumar Saikia says, “Such art is always abroad where most of us don’t get to travel. So it’s great that we’ll get to see the originals in India.” DU student Rohit Khanna says, “Picasso’s the only artist I know off. I will definitely attend the exhibition.”
The exhibition will be on till January 10 at the new Spanish Cultural Centre, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place, that will be inaugurated on November 11 by Spanish Prince Felipe and his wife Princess Letizia.