Pablo Picasso and The Great War at Columbus Museum of Art. From June 10 to September 11, 2016.
CMA is the last of only two venues for Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change. The exhibition examines a pivotal moment in the career of Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Co-organized with the Barnes Foundation, it explores Picasso’s work between 1912 and 1924, prior to, during, and after the tumultuous years of World War I when the artist began exploring both cubist and classical modes in his art. To date, it is the most ambitious exhibition to be presented in CMA’s newly opened Margaret M. Walter Wing. Complementing the exhibition is Pablo Picasso: 25 years of Edition Ceramics, an installation of 40 ceramic works – plates, vases and pitchers created by Pablo Picasso in collaboration with George and Suzanne Ramie and the artisans at their Madoura pottery workshop in Vallauris, France, between the years 1947 and 1971.
Inspired by the Columbus Museum of Art’s Picasso Still Life with Compote and Glass, 1914-15 and the Barnes’s extensive Picasso holdings, Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change features some 50 works by Picasso drawn from major American and European museums and private collections. The show includes oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and four costumes the artist designed for the avant-garde ballet, Parade, in 1917. Several important canvases by Picasso’s contemporaries – including Henri Matisse, Fernand Leger and Diego Rivera – will also be presented.
Simonetta Fraquelli, an independent curator and specialist in early 20th-century European art, David Stark, Chief Curator at the Columbus Museum of Art and Martha Lucy, Consulting Curator at the Barnes Foundation and Assistant Professor of Art History at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
A fully illustrated exhibition catalog, published by Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers, Inc, will be available in the Museum Store.