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Picasso to Julie Mehretu Exhibition

7 October 2010 – 25 April 2011  /  Room 90  /  Free

The British Museum has an unparalleled collection of graphic art from across the world, and actively collects modern and contemporary works today.

Collected over the past 35 years, this exhibition showcases many of the great artists of the 20th century, starting with Picasso’s study for his masterpiece Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, the painting that shook the art world in 1907.

It also features works by E L Kirchner, Otto Dix, Matisse, Magritte, David Smith and Louise Bourgeois and major contemporary artists, including Anselm

The exhibition concludes with Julie Mehretu, the Ethiopian-born artist who is one of the stars of the international contemporary art scene with acclaimed solo exhibitions at the Guggenheim in New York and across the world.

Review:

This exhibition concludes variety of masterpiece by serval artists, including contemporary work. Some pieces seem like unfinished to me. However, when it comes to contemporary art, it is usually hard to judge wether the picture is good or not. It always has a special meaning behind the painting. so, reading the instruction becomes essential. It is important to understand what material they used to paint in that particular period of time. Sometimes, art is not only what people see from their eye. Listening to arts can bring us a new way to “feel” the painting.

This is a MA student – Michelle from Ravensbourne listening to other people describe the painting, which can stimulate the brian to generate different images. While you can not see, is the world still the same?

Moreover, Julie Mehretu’s painting ‘Untitled 1’ sold $1 million on the art auction in September 2010.

I wonder how does it being evaluated? Dose it really worth that much?

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