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Picasso and Chanel

From the left: Gabrielle Chanel, Day dress, circa 1922, crepe de Chine and ermine. Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staaliche Museen zu Berlin - PreuBisccher Kulturbesitz. ©Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staaliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK / Stephan Klonk; and Pablo Picasso, «Harlequin with a mirror», 1923, oil on canvas. 100 x 81 cm. Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid. ©Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid

The National Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum once again brings art and fashion together with an exhibition that explores the professional and personal relationship between two great creative geniuses of the 20th century: Pablo Picasso and designer Coco Chanel.

After meeting in the spring of 1917, Picasso and Chanel established a long and lasting friendship, and even collaborated professionally for the creation of two plays with Jean Cocteau. The exhibition is organised into four sections, arranged chronologically, from 1915 to 1925.

The first one, "The Chanel Style and Cubism", shows the influence of this artistic movement on the designer's creations. The second section is dedicated to Picasso's countless portraits of his first wife, the Russian ballerina and loyal Chanel customer, Olga Khokhlova. The other two sections focus on the work they both did for the premiere of the play "Antigone" in 1922, and the show "Le Train Bleu" by Sergei Diaghielev's Russian ballet in 1924.

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Oct 11, 2022 to Jan 15, 2023
Fashion, Painting


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National Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Paseo del Prado 8
28014 Madrid
Telephone  +34 917911370

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