3rd International Picasso Congress:
Picasso and Identity

In April 2017 the Museu Picasso and Fundació Palau hosted the 3rd International Picasso Congress. Thanks to the initiative of the Musée national Picasso-Paris, since 2015 this congress has provided an international forum in which the most recent studies about the work and figure of Picasso are presented.

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The third edition of the congress was dedicated to Picasso and Identity,

Selection of Papers

a concept that includes a broad diversity of possibilities and that took into account the programming at the time of theMusée national Picasso-París («Olga Picasso») and the Museu Picasso de Barcelona («Picasso. Portraits»).

Approaches to Picasso and Identity:

  • The Role of Picasso’s Biographers
  • Popular Conceptions of Picasso in the Mass Media and Film
  • Picasso’s Engagement with Art History and Myth
  • Collaboration versus Independence in the Formation of Identity: writers, performers, and other artists
  • The Impact of Gender and Sexuality
  • Political Identity
  • The Importance of Place: The Cultural Geography of Identity

The selection of papers was conducted by a scientific committee made up of academics and representatives from the Musée national Picasso-Paris, the Fundació Palau and the Museu Picasso de Barcelona.

The call for papers aimed at being open, diverse and global, encouraging participants to submit proposals for presentations related to the theme Picasso and Identity. In addition to scholars, critics, and curators, we hoped to attract a wide variety of participants, including artists, writers, and students. The deadline for submission was 15 November 2016.

Likewise, candidates were proposed to address the topic of Identity in the most creative terms, without being constrained by conventional definitions. We offered the following suggestions of themes within the topic of Identity as a means to stimulate proposals, without seeking to limit lines of inquiry.

Selection Committee:


Michael FitzGerald: Professor of Fine Arts, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut


Maria Choya: Director of the Fundació Palau .
Emilie Bouvard: 
Heritage Curator. In charge of paintings (1938-1973), research, publications and contemporary art, Musée national Picasso-Paris.
William Jeffett: 
Curator of Special Exhibitions, The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg FL.
Malén Gual: 
Curator of the Collection, Museu Picasso de Barcelona.
Marilyn McCully: 
Art historian, Picasso specialist, editor and exhibition organiser.
Emilia Philippot: 
Graphic Arts Conservation Officer, Musée national Picasso-Paris.
Claustre Rafart: 
Curator of Graphic Arts, Museu Picasso de Barcelona.

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Museu Picasso Barcelona
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Fundació Palau. Centre d’Art
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