In 1912, Picasso built a guitar from cardboard, paper, string, and wire in his studio in Paris. In 1914, he built a sturdier version from sheet metal. This interactive website from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is designed so that (almost 100 years later) we can view these works in the artist's studio. In addition, visitors will be able to view other related pieces inspired by guitars and musical instruments, which Picasso created during the same two-year time span. For example, a series of three photographs taken in December 1912 shows the cardboard guitar installed a corner of Picasso's studio surrounded by other works on paper, and various random objects - bits of paper cut from magazines, the edge of a rug, and a pot of glue. An image of the sheet metal guitar, now at MoMA, closes the show. Audio accompanies many of the images, and there is also a commentary section with recordings of the words of those who visited Picasso's studio from 1912 to 1914, as well as those who visited the 2011 exhibition. MoMA curators plan to add new audio commentary to this section of the site as new artists and scholars visit the exhibition.


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