Lecture: Olle Granath on Francis Picabia

Francis Picabia – I am a monster

In relation to the exhibition Anton Henning – Too Much Skin, Taste & Turpentine with German painter Anton Henning at Magasin 3 in 2012, Olle Granath, former Director of the Moderna Museet and Nationalmuseum, gives us a a close portrait of the charismatic artist Francis Picabia (1879–1953). Picabia, close friend to Marcel Duchamp, was a restless pioneer in Dada, constantly striving for total artistic freedom, while challenging the good taste with his nude portraits.

With approval from the Dance Museum we also showed Entr’acte by René Clair, the classic film from 1924 in the transitional period between Dada and Surrealism.

Olle Granath is a critic, writer and a recognized figure in the Swedish art scene. He was previously head of the Museum of Modern Art (1980–1989), Director of Moderna Museet and art director of Nationalmuseum (1989–2001), Granath is an honorary member of the Academy of Arts since 1987 and author of books on Swedish and Nordic artists, including Hundens Blick: Strövtåg i samtiden (2008).

Participant: Olle Granath, Art Critic
Language: Swedish
Date: November 8, 2012
Duration: 39 mins
Location: Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
Exhibition: Anton Henning – Too Much Skin, Taste & Turpentine