Coming on the tail end of the wildly successful exhibition “Van Gogh Alive,” the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg has announced another upcoming exhibit featuring a superstar artist.
“Picasso and the Allure of the South” will explore Spanish artist Pablo Picasso’s creative periods during his travels and in his studios in southern Europe, in the mountain towns of northern Spain and along the Mediterranean coast of France. It opens Jan. 29, 2022, and remains on view through May 22, 2022.
Organized in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, which holds the most significant collection of the artist’s work, the exhibition features 77 paintings, drawings and collages. Approximately half the works have never been seen in the U.S. The exhibition is coming exclusively to the Dalí and was curated by the museum’s chief curator, William Jeffett.
“In partnership with the incomparable Musée national Picasso-Paris, The Dalí is proud to share this far-reaching exploration of the gravitational pull of southern Europe for Picasso and how it profoundly shaped his perspective, techniques and vision,” said Hank Hine, executive director of the Dalí, in a news release. “’Picasso and the Allure of the South‘ represents an exceedingly rare opportunity to experience masterworks by the artist through the innovative lens of place and cultural context.”
The exhibition is organized by the years that Picasso was active in certain cities and regions in northern Spain and southern France, exploring those area’s impact on his work. It features a wide range of the artist’s subjects, genres and styles dating from 1909 to 1972. It explores his experimentation and evolution with Cubism, his fascination with bullfighting and his movement into surrealism and realism.
Featured works in the exhibition that have never been on display in the U.S. include the paintings Portrait de Madame Rosenberg et sa fille (1918), Femme au buffet (1936) and Le Baiser (1969). Other featured works include Nature morte à la table servie (1913), Paysage de Juan-les-Pins (1920), Femmes dans un intérieur (1936) and Musicien (1972).
It will also include 45 photographs depicting Picasso in his studios, as well as with his prestigious circle of artists and writers, including Jean Cocteau.
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