The opportunity to take in 79 original works by famed artist Pablo Picasso arrives today when the Dali Museum opens an exhibition at its facility in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The works are on loan from the Musée national Picasso-Paris. This is the only stop the exhibition will be making in the United States.
The exhibition, Picasso and the Allure of the South, features paintings, drawings, and collages, about half of which have never been seen in the United States. The works are from time Picasso spent in the south of France and northern Spain, when the famed artist would go on summer getaways to the Pyrenees or along the Mediterranean Coast.
“Picasso and the Allure of the South offers a rare opportunity to experience the influence of northern Spain and southern France upon Picasso’s imagination as evidenced in his revolutionary work,” said Dr. Hank Hine, executive director of The Dalí. “In that zone spanning borders, Picasso drew on the ancient impulses and cultural inspiration of this region — its people, poetry, music, and energy — to create consummate works of art across genres.”
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.
Picasso and the Allure of the South includes a wide range of portraits, still lifes, figural studies, and landscapes dating from 1909 to 1972. It also includes a selection of archival photographs of Picasso, his friends, and the regions that so-impacted his vision.
The exhibition is divided into four thematic sections that trace the importance of the geographic region to 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 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.
One of the most interesting parts of the exhibition is the museum’s use of artificial intelligence to help visitors grasp the idea of cubism. Your Portrait will allow guests to have their photo transformed into a cubist piece of art.
The exhibition includes a 240-page catalog with essays by the curator and the head of collections at the Paris museum. There are also a wide range of public programs planned throughout the run of the exhibition.
Picasso and the Allure of the South will be on display until May 22. Advance-purchased timed tickets are required for the exhibit, which is included in the price of museum admission.
That includes access to other exhibits at the museum, including a permanent collection of more than 2,400 works by Salvador Dali, namesake of the museum.
Admission is $29 for adults, with discounts available for seniors, students, educators, and other select groups.