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Picasso in Britain: Art, Politics and Outcry Kate Aspinall Thursday 13 February 2020

Please note the AGM starts at 10.45, followed by the lecture.

Pablo Picasso had a tumultuous relationship with Britain over the course of his life, related to both his personal politics and the shock of his art. This hour-long talk examines the lasting effects of Britain on Picasso and of Picasso on Britain. From the artist’s initial visit to London in 1918 and the display of his monumental Guernica (1937) in Manchester in 1938, to his visit to Britain for the International Peace Conference in 1950 as a communist delegate and the cancelled 1952 Picasso retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery, the relationship – and the surrounding public controversies – reveal a multitude of fascinating connections between the most prolific artist of the twentieth century and a country on the verge of its global artistic renaissance.  

Kate Aspinall is an independent historian, writer, and artist. Based in London, she focuses her academic work on British visual culture in the twentieth century, and she has spoken recently at Tate, the Courtauld, the Towner and Pallant House, among other galleries. She consults for the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and is a Trustee of the Association for Art History, representing freelance and independent art historians. She has degrees from the University of St Andrews, the Courtauld Institute and the University of East Anglia.