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REVEALED: A Photography Exhibition Curated By Olivier Widmaier Picasso

REVEALED: A Photography Exhibition Curated By Olivier Widmaier Picasso

Picture of Gina Chahal
Updated: 12 December 2015
The photography exhibition Revealed, curated by none other than Pablo Picasso’s grandson, Olivier Widmaier Picasso, has landed in London’s Sofitel St James Hotel from September 10 to October 30. The exhibition’s London stay follows its appearances at other Sofitel hotels across the world, including New York, Los Angeles, and Paris.

 © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel
© Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel

Revealed offers an exclusive, inside look at the world’s greatest artists in action, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Francis Bacon, Pierre Soulages, and Kees Van Dongen, as well as René Magritte, Marc Chagall, Fernando Botero, Joan Miro, Jean Cocteau, Keith Haring, and Jeff Koons. The photography was taken from the photo archives of Paris Match magazine and selected by the exhibition’s commissioner, Olivier Widmaier Picasso. The exhibition captures these world renowned artists in the personal setting of their workshops and studios.

The Curator of 'Revealed', Olivier Widmaier Picasso | © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel
The Curator of ‘Revealed’, Olivier Widmaier Picasso | © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel

Hosted by Sofitel Luxury Hotels in North America and Europe, Revealed uncovers these unique photographs, showcasing the artists at the peak of their creativity, as well as intimate moments of inspiration within their personal lives. Among the treasured photographs on display is a black-and-white image of Dalí and a rhinoceros with a full-size reproduction of Johannes Vermeer’s ‘La Dentellière’ at Vincennes Zoo. The piece captures the extravagance of Dalí’s character and the absurdity of his abstract work.

The exhibition also features multiple screens showcasing the art | © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel
The exhibition also features multiple screens showcasing the art | © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel

Another memorable photograph features Marc Chagall painting Mozart’s angel in 1964. The vibrant piece allows the artwork and artist to be seen from a new angle which focuses on the process of creating a masterpiece. In addition to this, the exhibition includes candids of Pablo Picasso with his wife, Jacqueline Roque, and their boisterous dalmatian, as well as shots of Picasso at work in his studio with a model. The exhibition also includes images of Jean Cocteau with his fresco at the chapel of Saint-Pierre-des-Pêcheurs, Fernando Botero in his studio on Rue du Dragon, Keith Haring in his New York studio, and many more.

Inside Sofitel London St. James | © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel
Inside Sofitel London St. James | © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel

Curator and author of Picasso – Portrait Intime (Albin Michel/Arte Éditions), Olivier Widmaier Picasso, comments, ‘I am delighted that the exhibition arrives in London. By making this selection, and by immersing myself once again in these photos, I have rediscovered these incredible documents which capture the intimacy of my grandfather and the other major artists featured in the exhibition. This opened up new vistas, notably in regard to our relationship with images, and the way it puts different artists into perspective reveals the diversity of the creative process and the personality of each artist’s work. It is equally fascinating to discover who has the power ‒ the photographer, or the one being photographed!’

Sofitel London St. James | © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel
Sofitel London St. James | © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel

Revealed celebrates the lives of the world’s greatest modern and contemporary artists by capturing them both at work and at home amongst family. After its run in London, the exhibition will continue in 2015, with showings in Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam followed by Sofitel Munich Bayerpost. From the wonderful artwork to the history and exclusive peek inside the lives of these iconic artists, Revealed is a must-see exhibition.

This piece is called 'Cannes Film Festival' (1956), and depicts Pablo Picasso and Henri-Georges Clouzot | © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel
This piece is called ‘Cannes Film Festival’ (1956), and depicts Pablo Picasso and Henri-Georges Clouzot | © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel

Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel will run until October 30th, and admission is free.


This piece features Picasso with his future wife, Jacqueline Roque in the studio of the villa La Calfornie in Cannes (1960) | © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel
This piece features Picasso with his future wife, Jacqueline Roque in the studio of the villa La Calfornie in Cannes (1960) | © Revealed: A Photography Exhibition by Sofitel

Sofitel London St. James, 6 Waterloo Place, London, +44 20 7747 2200

By Gina Chahal