Picasso’s legendary piles of paper

Charles Davis writes: “from
Yahoo UK:

Pablo Picasso may well
have been one of the artistic giants of the
20th century, but he was also one of the
century’s mightiest hoarders of minutia.
“Why should I throw away what’s been
good enough to fall into my hands?” he
once said.

At his death in 1973, hundreds of cardboard boxes crammed
with old papers and thousands of letters tied in batches with bits
of string — not to mention more than 20,000 art works collected
over a lifetime — were handed over to the museums and archives
made guardians of the Picasso legacy.

Thus the Picasso museum in Paris has more than 15,000 of his
photographs, some 2,000 postcards, 900-odd birthday cards
from 1961 when he turned 80, hundreds of visiting cards, 130
tailors’ bills, tickets to bullfights, shopping-lists, priceless
doodles, etc.

These, along with circus tickets, newspaper clippings
chronicling the great events of the century and letters and notes
from some of the biggest names in art, literature and music of
the time are on show at a just-opened exhibit at the Picasso
Museum, entitled “We Are What We Keep” that runs until
January 1″