The Cubist Cosmos

When Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque pioneered Cubism in the early years of the twentieth century, they set off a revolution in visual art. The new style’s fragmented forms signal a fundamental change in how painting relates to the visible world. The Cubists rank as one of the most influential movements in art history; their works are adventures for the eyes even today, challenging our habits of perception.  The show traces Cubism’s evolution from 1908 to the years after World War I, surveying its enormous stylistic range and highlighting the revolutionary energy it imparted to later tendencies in twentieth-century art. Combining chronology with thematic foci, the exhibition opens with a section that throws the growing influence of folk art and archaic sculpture as well as Paul Cézanne’s oeuvre in Picasso’s and Braque’s paintings into relief.