Portrait of Dora Maar (1937) by Pablo Picasso. // (c) Jean-Gilles Berizzi / Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, New York
From Oct. 8, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) will present "Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris," showcasing the work of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).
The exhibit will feature iconic works from virtually every phase of Picasso’s legendary career. Drawn from the Paris-based collection of the largest and most important repository of the artist’s work in the world, the exhibit will feature more than 150 original works of art, including approximately 75 paintings and sculptures, complemented by an important selection of prints, drawings and photographs.
“This will be the northwest’s first major presentation of Pablo Picasso’s work,” said SAM spokesman Derrick Cartwright. “As such, it represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a large public to view these important objects in Seattle. My colleagues and I are extremely proud to be the first U.S. venue for this traveling exhibition, which surveys the entire career of an individual who was arguably the most influential, and radical, creative force of the 20th century. (The exhibit) promises to be a milestone not just for this great museum, but for the entire city.”
The opportunity to present these works at this time is possible because the Musée Picasso has recently closed for renovations. The presentation at SAM follows similar exhibits at the Atheneum Art Museum in Helsinki, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. SAM has worked closely with Anne Baldassari, director of the Musée National Picasso and general curator of the exhibit, to tell a compelling story about the artist’s development and undeniable impact on modern art history.
“The exhibition presents an entire sweep of Picasso’s career documenting the full range of his unceasing inventiveness and creative process,” said Chiyo Ishikawa, co-curator of the show in Seattle.
The Musée Picasso’s holdings stand apart from any other Picasso collection because they represent the artist’s personal collection – works that the highly self-aware artist kept for himself with the intent of shaping his own artistic legacy. Every major period from Picasso’s prolific output over eight decades will be represented.
In conjunction with the exhibit, SAM is planning a broad array of public programs and collaborations with other Seattle institutions and organizations. Tickets go on sale to the public Aug. 1, 2010.
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