Around 1912, artistPablo Picasso (1881-1973), built this playful construction of a guitar out of paper, string and cardboard. No-one knew what to make of it. Was it sculpture? "No" Picasso answered, "it's the guitar."
He built another guitar In 1914, in sheet metal. Both Guitars were gifts from the artist to MoMA. They were part of a special period of material and structural experimentation in Picasso’s work.
It is this time in twentieth-century art, that the MoMA's exhibition Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914, explores. The exhibition includes seventy collages, constructions, drawings, mixed-media paintings, and photographs assembled from over thirty public and private collections worldwide.