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Lucien Clergue – Picasso, my friend


The exhibition Lucien Clergue “Picasso, my friend” inaugurated at the Grand Theater of Provence in Aix en Provence on Tuesday, September 10 will be followed by a lecture given by Anne Clergue on the friendly relationship of Lucien Clergue with Picasso from 1953 to 1973 .

Presented last year at the Château des Baux by Culture Espaces, it brings together a summary of the deep friendship between Picasso and Lucien Clergue. The young photographer met Picasso at the end of a bullfight in 1953. Seduced by his work, Picasso asks to see more images. From this moment, the Arlesian kept Picasso involved with his works.

The selection allows us to discover the themes dear to the photographer, the Camargue , the bullfighting, Manitas de Plata and the gypsies, the acrobats and the funambulist, Jean Cocteau in the “Testament of Orphée” with the Baux de Provence, and Picasso of course.

Once the exhibition ended at Les Baux, what became of these photographs? Anne Clergue met Dominique Bluzet, director of the Grand Théatre de Provence in Aix en Provence. He told her about ASSAMI, the endowment fund dedicated to distracting patients with palliative care.

Convinced that these large format photographs could improve the lives of these people in difficulty, she decided to offer these images so that they could be hung on the walls of La Maison in Gardanne, Paoli-Calmettes in Marseille and other nursing homes.


Lucien Clergue – Picasso, mon ami
September 11 – December 23, 2019
Grand Théâtre de Provence
380 Avenue Max Juvenal
13100 Aix-en-Provence

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