As a travel journalist, I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity that LACMA offered me: to visit their latest exhibition on Picasso and Rivera. I love museums, and visiting them is a passion that I’ve developed over the past few years. I’m about to make a public confession: sometimes I’ll get a ticket to a museum on a late Friday night, when I know there won’t be many people there. I love spending hours looking at masterpieces and learning history facts from these works of art.
Being an adopted angeleno, I’ve visited LACMA several times of course, and I have to say that the ‘PICASSO AND RIVERA’ EXHIBITION is one of my favorites so far. Guess why? Because I’m a Spaniard, obviously. Back when I was in school, I learned a lot about Pablo Picasso. We not only share a name but also our Spanish nationality. When it came to Diego Rivera, however, I didn’t know much — just that he was a Mexican artist and that they were contemporaries. I had no idea that they had crossed paths, and had even developed a strong relationship and artistic dialogue.
I’ve seen dozens of “Picassos” when I studied History of Art a decade ago, but I was surprised when I got to know Rivera’s art through the exhibition. It’s colorful, approachable in concept and form, and attractive. I felt an instant connection with his art and, of course, tried to decode the meaning of his work. I spent several minutes contemplating “A Sailor at Breakfast“, one of the main pieces in the exhibition and for me was the most powerful Cubist representation. There is a strong French influence on this painting – you can tell simply by the word “Patrie” emblazoned on his hat. It speaks to his loyalty to France but also seems to evoke his longing for Mexico.
If you aren’t a big fan of museums, then try something: when you are in front of a painting, try to understand what you have in front of you and what the author tried to express through his or her art. Then, read the description next to the piece to see if you are right. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
With “Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time“ you’ll learn more about the beginning of their careers, when they were influenced by traditional school training, and how they “converted” to Cubism to transcend time, then returned more deeply to their roots (Pre-Columbian in Rivera’s case and Mediterranean for Picasso) by the end of their careers.
If you are visiting LA, you need to spend at least half a day at LACMA. You won’t regret it!
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11 am–5 pm
Friday: 11 am–8 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am–7pm
LACMA is closed on Wednesdays.
Your $25 ticket includes access to Picasso and Rivera and general admission. Here’s what else you can see at the museum.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LACMA. The opinions and text are all mine.