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July 23, 2019 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

On 17 July 2019, as the strategic partner of UCCA, NUO Hotel Beijing held “An Encounter with Picasso – NUO Night VIP Guided Tour” event, an exclusive event at UCCA for the exhibition “Picasso – Birth of a Genius” together with the hotel’s distinguished guests.

The event started with a delicious and bespoke canapé cocktail reception with the finishing touch of the jointly created dessert, Jasmine Peach Cake, inspired by Picasso’s artistic genius.

Later on, Bernhard Wimmer, General Manager of NUO Hotel Beijing made a welcome speech to all VIP guests and media friends. In his speech, he shared “Art has linked NUO and UCCA together. As art is part of NUO’s DNA, the respect for art is shown in every detail of the hotel – every corner is an art world of its own. NUO began to discuss with UCCA several months ago on how to further work together on this exhibition, trying to seek broader cooperation based on our mutual understanding and interests.

Guests then went on the private guided tour to enjoy and explore the world of “Picasso – Birth of a Genius” with over hundreds of his original masterpieces.

“Picasso – Birth of a Genius” Exhibition in Beijing

To coincide with the 55th anniversary of the establishment of China-France diplomatic relations, “Picasso – Birth of a Genius”-the most significant exhibition of work by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) ever to take place in China-will be presented at UCCA between 15 June and 1 September 2019. The exhibition, which offers a comprehensive overview of the first three decades of Picasso’s career, is drawn from the collection of the Musee national Picasso-Paris. There are 103 works in total, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper, etc.

Taken together, these works realised between 1893 and 1921, tell the story of the creative formation and evolution of the most daring, original, and prolific talent in the history of modern art. The exhibition, curated by Emilia Philippot, curator of the Musee national Picasso-Paris, has been conceived and organised specifically for this presentation at UCCA and in China.

The three decades under consideration here were a period of artistic discovery and ferment for the young Picasso, whose style underwent numerous changes, from the academic realism of his student days to this post-war return to classical style after the great Cubist adventure; from the alternately somber and carnivalesque motifs of the Blue and Rose periods to the primitivist-explorations which ultimately led to the multiple phases of Cubism. Accordingly, while reaffirming the coexistence of several seemingly contradictory languages in Picasso’s works, the exhibition will put some artworks from the artist’s personal collection into dialogue with his own productions, thereby highlighting the painter’s affinities with the works of his predecessors or contemporaries.

“For UCCA, this exhibition marks the realisation of a dream we have held since our opening in 2007, to present not only recent developments in contemporary art but to examine the very underpinnings of the contemporary by showing modern masters,” remarked Philip Tinari, UCCA Director and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that the story of Picasso is relevant to our audience in China, as individuals here continue to answer the challenges of creativity, originality, and innovation.”

For the Musee national Picasso-Paris, the exhibition marks the most substantive presentation of its collection in China to date, and the first since Laurent Le Bon assumed the directorship in 2014. He “is pleased with this new stage in the international cooperation policy led by the Musee national Picasso-Paris.”

Located close to the 798 Art District and as the strategic partner of UCCA, NUO Hotel Beijing is appointed to provide exclusive accommodation for distinguished VIP guests and the opening VIP dinner of the exhibition, and a dedicated theme dessert has been created jointly with UCCA to commemorate the grand occasion.

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