Exhibition in Cologne highlights Picasso in divided Germany

During his lifetime, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was appropriated by both the communist Eastern Bloc and the West.

He was a member of the French Communist Party, but lived in the West, preferably in castles.

The “Picasso Divided” exhibition at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne is now showing how different the image was that was conveyed in West Germany and East Germany of what was probably the most important artist of the 20th century.

Some 150 exhibits are on display, including political paintings such as “Massacre in Korea” (1951) from the Picasso Museum in Paris.

A special find is a theatre curtain from the Berlin Ensemble in the Communist east of the city on which Socialist Realist playwright, port and director Bertolt Brecht had “my brother Picasso’s belligerent dove of peace” painted.

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