Madonna compares herself to Picasso because she wants to create art forever.
"I like to compare myself to other kinds of artists like Picasso," Madonna said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "He kept painting and painting until the day he died. Why? Because I guess he felt inspired to do so. Life inspired him, so he had to keep expressing himself, and that's how I feel."
In theory, we understand her outlook on the burning desire to create and hone your craft, but flabbergasted how she casually name-drops Picasso like the two just caught up at lunch the other day. "I don't think there's a time, a date, an expiration date for being creative," she continued. "I think you go until you don't have any more to say."
At Madonna's rate, she'll be around forever. But for now, the material girl prepares to embark on her upcoming Rebel Heart Tour beginning Sept. 9 in Montreal with over 60 shows across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
"The theme I really truly explore in this show more than anything is love and romance," Madonna told Billboard. "I want people to walk out like they're feeling inspired and like they've seen something they've never seen before (and) felt something they've never felt before."
Comedian Amy Schumer will open Madonna's three New York City shows, an unfamiliar move for any musician during a world tour, let alone a seasoned pop veteran.
"She's a role model for women, and I am too, and I think it's a good match," said Madonna, who added her management team pitched the idea. "I love her and ... I just thought, `That's interesting.' (I'll) try something new and different rather than the usual run-of-the-mill - have a band, have a DJ. It's definitely a new thing. I hope it works - fingers crossed."
Now she's just got narrow it down.
"I realize I have 32 years of other songs, so I have to pick and choose. I sit there for weeks and weeks and weeks trying to figure out which of my old catalog I want to do," she said. "It's a puzzle that we have to put together `cause thematically the songs - the old and the new - they have to go together; sonically they have to go together."