iCubist is an interactive exploration of Analytic Cubism, which is the term used to describe the works of art produced by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque from 1910-12.

iCubist was designed to augment the exhibition: Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910–1912, which is on view at the Kimbell Art Museum from May 29 through August 21, 2011, and at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art from September 17, 2011, through January 8, 2012.

Made for iPad with OpenFrameworks produced by Reza Ali


View and study works with a level of detail and precision never before possible for museum audiences. Users have the ability to manipulate a succession of digitized spectral images that show the artworks at different light frequencies (ultraviolet and infrared), revealing the most minute details. Such fascinating views of the paintings uncover important decisions made by the artists in developing their compositions.


Deconstruct a Cubist composition and attempt to put it back together. By rebuilding these composite reproductions, users learn first-hand about the intellectual and creative processes employed by Picasso and Braque in their paintings. The physical act of moving visual elements emphasizes compositional choices made by the artists to create, for example, a sense of balance or movement. It also highlights recognizable elements and describe their significance.


Explore the history of Cubism by means of an illustrated timeline that includes vintage photography of the artists and their friends and reproductions of key works of art.


Compare digital reproductions of paintings by the featured artists, Picasso and Braque, by double tapping on markers that pop up to explain key aspects of their individual styles. This interactive activity will help users exercise connoisseurship to distinguish between the artists’ hands, despite their close similarity during the Cubist years.