“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” — Pablo Picasso
I heard this quote years ago, looked up more on him, and quickly realized that Pablo Picasso was a philosopher in addition to being a genius painter. In Herbert Siguenza’s A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, you will get to know the world’s first rock-star artist as he (brilliantly portrayed by Siguenza) passionately shares his views on love, war, creativity and much, much more. [Note: I received a media ticket to view this show.]
CaltechLive is presenting the film adaptation of Siguenza’s smash solo show, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, which is available to watch on-demand through March 21. In the show, we drop in on Picasso in 1957 at his home in the south of France for an unforgettable weekend. I am an eager new student when it comes to art and artists, and for some reason I have always thought of Picasso as being very dour and serious; it was a wonderful revelation to discover how free-spirited, funny, and joyful he was. A Weekend with Pablo Picasso’s script is based on Picasso’s own writings.
Siguenza is an absolute delight; not only is he an incredible actor, but he also shows off some serious painting and drawing skills. Siguenza is a lifelong admirer of Picasso, which led him to create this show, and the fact that he can bring some of the artist’s work to life right in front of our eyes in real-time really takes his captivating performance to another level. He dances, clowns, draws, spills secrets and more as he brings one of the most influential artists of the 20th century to life.
I really, really enjoyed A Weekend with Pablo Picasso. I feel like I am ready to head to the south of France to drink wine, eat baguettes, wear a striped shirt and try my hand at art. It was a joy getting to know Pablo Picasso through Herbert Siguenza, and I recommend this film for actors, art lovers, serious theater fans, and anyone who enjoys Picasso’s work.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” — Pablo Picasso
A Weekend with Pablo Picasso
Streamed film starring actor, writer, and performer Herbert Siguenza as Pablo Picasso
A Weekend with Pablo Picasso available for on-demand streaming from March 6–21, 2021.
Running time: 85 minutes
Tickets are $35 per household connection. More details about the film streams by day and time, are available at events.caltech.edu/picasso