Picasso, Miró, Dalí Angry young men: the Birth of Modernity

12 March 2011

17 July 2011

The exhibition Picasso, Miró, Dalí. Angry Young Men: the Birth of Modernity will bring together over sixty early works of three young artists: Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí, as well as over one hundred of Picasso’s sketches.
All three were raised in Catalonia, but came to fame in France where two of them chose to live and to build up their careers, whereas Salvador Dalí stayed largely in Spain. On view at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence from 11 March to 17 July 2011, the exhibition is structured like a film in a series of ‘flashbacks’ that take the visitor back in time to the very
birth of modernity. Beginning with Dalí’s meeting with Picasso (1926), it traces the birth of modernism to its earliest
beginnings through Dalí’s responses to Miró, Miró’s encounter with Picasso (1917), and ends just before the young Picasso’s arrival in Paris in 1900, at the start of the new century. With the 1907 Cahier 7 – shown in its entirety for the first time outside Spain – we see the birth of the language of modern art. The exhibition takes the visitor through a series
of spaces organized as ‘considerations’ that investigate the common roots of the styles that later made Picasso, Miró and Dalí household names.

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