The Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler exhibition at the Museu Picasso aims at showing the personality and activity of this exceptional "man of the arts" in all his facets.
In the history of 20th-century art, the figure of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1884-1979) is a legend. Of German origin, he chose Paris to open his gallery in 1907, at 28 rue Vignon. The few exhibitions that he organized there until 1914 made him the pioneer art dealer of Cubism. Promoter of Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, André Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck, and later of Juan Gris and Fernand Léger, Kahnweiler built from scratch an international network of cubist collectors, such as Hermann Rupf, Roger Dutilleul, Vincenc Kramar, Sergei Shchukin and Gertrude Stein, and surrounded himself by the best critics, such as Guillaume Apollinaire, Wilhelm Uhde, Ardengo Soffici or Carl Einstein.
The Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler exhibition, curated by Brigitte Leal, aims to show the personality and activity of this exceptional "man of the arts" in all his facets: art dealer, publisher and writer. The chronological and thematic itinerary is explained through works by artists from the Kahnweiler galleries, but will also focus on the most relevant points of the tormented existence of its founder: the impact of the two wars, the relationship with Germany, the importance of all his writings, the evolution of his exhibitions, the particular place that Picasso occupies in it and the role of this reserved and singular man.