A traveling exhibition of selected works from legendary Pablo Picasso’s personal collection is making its China debut.
Picasso, widely acclaimed as one of the fathers of modern art, produced a vast collection of works over his lifetime that was full of passion and distinctly recognized as his own whether Cubist, Fauvist or Post-Impressionist.
Be it in concrete or abstract form, Picasso’s art, which totaled nearly 37,000 pieces, are filled with personality. His artworks have fetched some of the highest prices ever recorded. Last year, “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” sold for a record breaking $106 million.
The 2011 China Picasso Exhibition will feature 48 pieces of oil painting, 7 pieces of print, 7 sculptures and 50 photographic works from the National Picasso Museum in Paris.
The exhibit will celebrate each notable artistic period of his eight-decade career. Many of his works reflect Picasso’s own personal life, exposing the ups and downs of his relationships, emotions and views on the outside world. Among the classics are “The Barefooted Girl” and “Nude Woman in A Red Armchair.” “The Barefooted Girl” was one of Picasso’s favorite which he kept by his side.
The touring exhibit was made possible because the Paris museum is undergoing a two-year, $28 million renovation. Picasso’s works have been touring the world and this is the first time that 62 original pieces from the Museum are exhibited in Shanghai. It is a rare opportunity to see the art of a legend.
The event is co-organized by the French Ministry of Culture & Communication. There will be a large number of French delegates coming to Shanghai including Paloma Picasso, the daughter of the famous artist.
The 2011 China Picasso Exhibition will be held in the China Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo site from October 18, 2011 through January 10, 2012.