Picasso would have little time for today’s neat and minimalist interiors. He surrounded himself with clutter, knowing that even the tatty, mundane items other people threw away could have artistic interest. He hoarded everything, from old newspapers, scraps of wrapping paper and used envelopes, to packets of tobacco, bus tickets and paper napkins. When his piles of papers grew too high for his table tops, he would clip them together with bulldog clips and suspend them, chandelier-like, from the ceiling.
By the time he died in 1973, aged 91, he had accumulated thousands of assorted bits and pieces, a number of which have gone on display at the Royal Academy in London as part of an exhibition dedicated to his passion for paper. Three hundred works of art and items from his collection, spanning more than 80 years, reveal the extent of his hoarding – and the extent of his vision.
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