Brigitte Leal

Castle to castle: Pablo Picasso’s identities

Thursday April 27 – Keynote Speaker @ COAC

Le Mystère Picasso

Through his oeuvre – his self-portraits, writings and photographs – Picasso willingly built up an image of himself as a unique artist and demiurge, as someone out of the ordinary.

Beyond the variety of avatars – harlequins, minotaurs and musketeers – in which Picasso projected references to himself, it is worth recalling the impact of familial, geographical, artistic and historical contexts on the construction of his identity, which was simultaneously multiple, shifting and entirely overtaken by the urgency of creation “in the absolute ardour of the present time”.

Brigitte Leal

Deputy director of the MNAM, Centre George Pompidou, Paris

  • Brigitte Leal
  • Curator of heritage from 1985.
  • Curator at the Musée national Picasso-Paris, in charge of the Graphic Arts Department, 1986-1999.
  • Chief curator, seconded to the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, 2000.
  • Deputy director of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, in charge of collections, 2010.
  • General curator of heritage since 2011.
  • Member of the Curators Committee and of the Acquisitions Commission of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou.
  • Member of the Scientific Commission of the national museums of Provence – Alpes – Côte d’Azur.
  • Member of the Scientific Board of the Musée du Luxembourg.
  • Member of the French Committee of Art History (CFHA).
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Sculptures journal.

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