The opportunity to admire 79 original works by famous artist Pablo Picasso arrives today when the Dali Museum opens an exhibition at its premises in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The works are on loan from the Musée national Picasso-Paris. This is the only stage of the exhibition in the United States.
The exhibition, Picasso and the lure of the south, features paintings, drawings, and collages, about half of which have never been seen in the United States. The works date from Picasso’s time in southern France and northern Spain, when the famous artist went on summer vacation to the Pyrenees or along the Mediterranean coast.
“Picasso and the lure of the south offers a rare opportunity to experience the influence of northern Spain and southern France on Picasso’s imagination, as evidenced by his groundbreaking work,” said Dr. Hank Hine, Executive Director of The Dali. “In this area that crosses borders, Picasso drew on the ancient impulses and cultural inspiration of this region – its people, its poetry, its music and its energy – to create works of art consumed in all genres.”
The works that will be part of the exhibition include:
- Still life at the served table (1913)
- Portrait of Madame Rosenberg and her daughter (1918)
- Landscape of Juan-les-Pins (1920)
- Women in an interior (1936)
- Woman at the buffet (1936)
- The kiss (1969)
- Musician (1972)
Musician is one of the last works of Picasso’s career, the famous artist having died in 1973 at the age of 91.
Picasso and the lure of the south includes a wide range of portraits, still lifes, figurative studies and landscapes dating from 1909 to 1972. It also includes a selection of archival photographs of Picasso, his friends and the regions that had such an impact on his vision.
The exhibition is divided into four thematic sections that trace the importance of the geographical region for Picasso’s work and legacy.
Born in 1881 in Malaga, Spain, Picasso is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He is considered the founder of the cubist movement and one of the founders of constructed sculpture and collage. Some art lovers believe he is not just a great artist, but five of the best artists of all time, because he worked in so many different mediums and was so good at each of them.
One of the most interesting parts of the exhibit is the museum’s use of artificial intelligence to help visitors grasp the idea of Cubism. Your Portrait will allow guests to transform their photo into a cubist work of art.
The exhibition includes a 240-page catalog with essays by the curator and head of collections at the Musée de Paris. There is also a wide range of public programs planned throughout the exhibition.
Picasso and the lure of the south will be on display until May 22. timed tickets are required for the exhibition, which is included in the museum admission price.
This includes access to other museum exhibits, including a permanent collection of over 2,400 works by Salvador Dali, the museum’s namesake.
Admission is $29 for adults, with discounts available for seniors, students, educators, and other select groups.
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