Lord and Lady Attenborough began collecting ceramics by Picasso in 1954 and continued collecting for over 50 years, building one of the most significant private collections in the UK. Highlights from their collection have been loaned to York by the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester. The Picasso ceramics created in the 1950s will be shown within York Art Gallery’s Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA), which showcases ceramics by more than 600 artists including the founders of the British Studio Ceramics movement.
Picasso and the Mediterranean Fundación Canal, Calle Mateo Inurria, Madrid
1 June – 15 August 2017
Free exhibition of 91 works, mainly ceramics and prints, selected from the Picasso Museo Casa Natal in Málaga. About half the exhibition is devoted to the inspiration Picasso drew from bull-fighting and its rituals and includes his series of Toro lithographs from 1945-1946, which encompass naturalistic, cubist and surreal representations of the animal. Two other sections focus on the influence of Greco-Roman antiquity on Picasso’s nudes and mythological figures and the final section includes works showing the influence of ancient cultures including that of the Arab world.
Slightly reduced version of the exhibition previously shown at the Picasso Museum, Málaga, which revealed an important new area of research. Presents 22 records based on the connections, affiliations and divergences between Pablo Picasso and various groups of German artists who changed the direction of the history of art between 1905 (when Die Brücke group was founded) and 1955 (when the fist Documenta exhibition opened in Kassel). Some 75 works by Picasso are on display alongside more than 100 works by artists such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, Hannah Höch, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, August Macke, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Otto Mueller, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Also includes sixteenth-century paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder and Younger and Frans Francken. The German version of the show includes major works from the Würth Collection, one of the most important private collections in Central Europe.
The exhibition Picasso Sculpture, previously showing some 140 works spanning 1902 to 1964 at MoMA, New York (until 7 February 2016), re-opens, in a reduced form, as Picasso: Scuptures (Musée Picasso, Paris: 8 March – 18 September 2016). MOMA installation reviewed by Rosalind McKeever, Burlington Magazine, December 2015 pp. 880-82 .
Picasso: Paisajes de Barcelona, Museu Picasso, Barcelona, 29 May – 18 September. Exhibition focusing on local landscapes painted and drawn by Picasso mainly between 1895 and 1903 as he was developing his own personal style. He returned to paint the city once more in 1917 in a radically different manner. The works are shown beside archival photographs of the views. As the Ruiz Picasso family first settled in Barcelona close to the port, the earliest views (1895-99) are of the sea, its breakwaters, port facilities and nearby streets and factories. He later moved his attention to ceremonial and ancient Barcelona , focusing on the Romanesque and Gothic cloisters of its Cathedral and churches in the Ciutat Vella, and also developed skyline views as seen from his families rooftop terrace or azotea. In the early 20th century he increasingly developed views through windows, portals and doorways capturing, contrasting or merging the internal and external.
Picasso: The Eternal Feminine, Musée des Beaux Arts, Quimper, Brittany, 23 May – 18 August 2014; and touring to the Musée des Beaux Arts, Pau.
Display of some 67 prints and drawings on loan from the Museo Picasso, Malaga focussing on Picasso’s female imagery created between 1927 and 1964. Accompanied by an exhibition catalogue with 70 illustrations.
Picasso in the Studio, Fundacion Mapfre, Madrid, 12 February – 11 May 2014. Exhibition of about 80 paintings, 70 prints and drawings, 26 photos and other ephemera including 10 palettes displayed in five sections to provide an insight into Picasso’s use of his studio as the centre for his activity from 1905 when he produced his Self-portrait with a palette and his Man Sitting on a Stool of 1969, which has only been shown once before. Many of the works have been selected from private collections rarely seen before as well as loans from major collections worldwide. Accompanied by catalogue in Spanish, first published in Madrid in 2004 – with essays by Christopher Green amongst others.