Paintings, drawings, and collages from famed artist Pablo Picasso are making their way to Florida in 2022 for an exclusive exhibition at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.
Picasso and the Allure of the South will include 77 works of art, about half of which have never been seen in the United States. The exhibition will be on display from January 29 to May 22 at the Dali Museum, on loan from the Musee national Picasso-Paris.
“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,” Dr. Hank Hine, executive director of The Dali, said in a statement.
The exhibition will include works created while Picasso was on sojourns in the mountains of northern Spain and along the Mediterranean coast of France. The works display his deep connection to the region.
“In partnership with the incomparable Musee national Picasso-Paris, The Dali 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,” Hine said.
Works to be part of the exhibition include:
- Nature morte a la table servie (1913)
- Portrait de Madame Rosenberg et sa fille (1918)
- Paysage de Juan-les-Pins (1920)
- Femmes dans un intérieur (1936)
- Femme au buffet (1936)
- Le Baiser (1969)
- Musicien (1972)
Musicien is among the last works of Picasso’s career, with the famed artist having died in 1973 at the age of 91.
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 enthusiasts believe he is not just one great artist, but five of the best artists of all time, since he worked in so many different mediums and was so good at all of them.
“Painting is a blind man’s profession,” Picasso famously said. “He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.”
The exhibition in Florida will be divided into three sections, starting with his works from northern Spain and southern France when he was away from Paris and Barcelona. The second section examines his shift to a more playful approach and the role the environment played in his works. The third section focuses on his fascination with bullfighting in a variety of media.
The exhibition will also include 45 candid photographs of Picasso on loan from the Musee national Picasso-Paris. The photos show him at work in his studio and with friends, writers, and other artists.
The Dali has not announced when or how tickets will go on sale for the exhibition. Advance tickets are required for the museum and can currently be purchased for visits through the end of August. General admission tickets are $25 for adults, but it is unclear whether there will be an additional charge for the Picasso exhibit.
The museum is currently hosting a Vincent van Gogh exhibit and is home to more than 2,400 works by Salvador Dali, the museum’s namesake.