These two master lectures kick off a new public program at the Museum, in which the academic activity and the different university programs connected to the Museum are inaugurated by a distinguished art historian or theorist.
TJ. Clark presents, in two sessions, a new interpretation of Picasso. In the first session, The painter and his model , he analyses the connections between the artist and monstruosity. In Another look at Guernica , the second session, he reviews the crisis of public space in pictorial representation.
TJ. Clark (1943) was a chaired professor of Art History at the University of California, Berkeley, between 1988 and 2010. His work, represented in studies such as The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers (1999) and Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism (2001), puts forward a new social history of art, one that revisits a specific historical period, that of bourgeois capitalism and class conflict, and formulates new versions of the figure of the artist, the public, the market and institutions. His new publication, set to be released in 2012, is entitled: Picasso and truth. From Cubism to Guernica.