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Special supplement to the Richmond Times-Dispatch about Picasso exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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  1. 1. A SPECIALTY PUBLICATION OF THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH PICAS SO Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris Feb. 19 – May 15, 2011
  2. 2. 2 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 A SPECIALTY PUBLICATION OF THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH Virginia Museum of Fine Arts showcases masterpieces of a 20th century genius In a coup that celebrates its 75th anniversary year, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will host the East Coast’s only exhibition of Picasso, Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. This massive show of more than 170 pieces captures the life’s work of a figure many consider the most influential artist of the 20th century. Richmond is one of only three American cities selected for this international tour, which opens on Feb. 19 and continues through May 15. Drawn from the collection of the Musée National Picasso, Paris, the largest and most significant repository of the artist’s work in the world, this exhibition represents work produced during every major artistic period of Pablo Picasso’s eight-decade career. The enormous show allows viewers to trace the evolution of Picasso’s life as well as that of modern art. Museums and collectors all over the world display the work Picasso sold, but while he lived, Picasso kept his favorite and best pieces in his personal collection. The works in this show are among those that Picasso kept for himself with the purpose of shaping his own legacy. In a sense, therefore, this show is double-curated: once by the artist himself, and again by Anne Baldassari, president of the Paris museum. Two Women Running on the Beach (The Race), Summer 1922, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, More than a chronology of the artist’s work, the exhibition is enriched with film, photos, 1881–1973), gouache on plywood, Musée National Picasso, Paris. ©2011 Estate of Pablo and audio materials from Picasso’s personal archive. The variety of paintings, sketches, Picasso / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY sculpture and supplemental material provides a glimpse into the artist’s thought processes, emotions and ideas as they take shape in two or three dimensions. The perfect example of a 20th-century artist, Picasso devoted his life to art from an early Exhibition information age; he painted his first picture, a bullfight, at age 7. His father, who was an art teacher and ADMISSION Free VMFA members, children 6 and under painter, recognized his son’s talent and sent him to art schools in Barcelona and Madrid. $20 Adult; $16 Seniors 65+, students with ID, adult groups of 10+, and Picasso first went to Paris in 1900 and finally settled there in 1904. In the years that ages 7 – 17 followed, Paris served as a crucible for 20th-century artistic movements and philosophical Timed tickets: reservations recommended thought. Picasso became acquainted with a rich assortment of artists, writers and thinkers 804.340.1405 or who influenced his work, along with art collectors such as Leo and Gertrude Stein. HOURS Open 365 days a year Daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Celebrate Pablo Picasso’s personal collection and its Richmond arrival at an opening night benefit. Cocktails, tapas and dancing in the Atrium with the entire museum open for guests to enjoy. For information visit COVER: Large Still Life with a Pedestal Table, March 11, 1931, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973),oil on canvas, Musée National Picasso, Paris. ©2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY
  3. 3. A SPECIALTY PUBLICATION OF THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 3 Picasso’s movements: Tracing modernity through Picasso’s art Picasso contributed to many movements and inspired others. and faceted images of cubism approached the brink of complete He frequently shifted from one style to another, moving abstraction. In the 1920s, Picasso returned to more classical through various forms of expression to match his protean vision. themes. His marriage to Olga Koklova, a Russian ballerina, and Drawing inspiration from ancient art, African art, classicism and the birth of his first child re-introduced the mother and child surrealism, Picasso constantly reinvented himself. subject to his paintings. During his early years, his Blue Period, Picasso identified with During the 1930s, Picasso was loosely connected with the other poor and marginal figures – actors, musicians, beggars, surrealists. Like cubism, surrealism fragmented objects and prostitutes and circus performers. He used shades of blue to figures, reassembling them in unusual and paradoxical ways. convey their misery and despair. These early paintings remain Unlike the consciously analytical approach of cubism, however, some of his best-loved works. surrealism found inspiration in fantasy and the unconscious. The Acrobat, January 18, 1930 Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), oil on canvas, Musée National Picasso never became a full-fledged surrealist, but he adopted Picasso Paris. ©2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artist Around 1907, Picasso met Georges Braque and the two artists their interest in metamorphosis and dreams. Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Réunion des developed a new visual language in which they reduced natural Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY forms to basic geometric shapes. By 1910 – 1911, the fractured Continued on next page Congratulations Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for an Amazing 75 Years! ...A Heartfelt Thank You! WE ARE PROUD OF RICHMOND from your friends at BEING THE ONLY EAST COAST STOP FOR A Professional Corporation THE PICASSO EXHIBIT. VIRGINIA I NORTH CAROLINA I WASHINGTON, D.C. I LONDON
  4. 4. 4 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 A SPECIALTY PUBLICATION OF THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH Special exhibitions at VMFA Picasso’s movements The Fleeting Glimpse: Selections in Modern and Contemporary Photography from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts With the outbreak of war, first in Spain with the Spanish Civil War and later in France Jan. 15 – April 3, 2011 and Germany with World War II, Picasso remained in Paris. During World War II and Artists who transform common found occurrences in nature and the Nazi occupation, he was unable to exhibit any of his art. His notoriety and fame, humanity into unusual encounters and strange juxtapositions. however, protected him from persecution. During the occupation, his canvases become Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection darker and more monochromatic. The works convey an almost claustrophobic feeling. Jan. 15 – April 3, 2011 Eyewitness drawings of the American Civil War. After the war Picasso continued to explore new media and forms of expression working in bronze, copper and ceramics. Between the fall of 1947 and fall of 1948, he produced A Celebration of Print: 500 Years of Graphic Art from thousands of ceramic pots, vases and plates. He met Jacqueline Roque in 1953 at the the Frank Raysor Collection Madoura pottery near Vallauris in the South of France where she worked as a potter. Jan. 29 – May 22, 2011 In 1954 his first wife Olga died. In 1961, Picasso and Jacqueline married and she This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary promised gift of remained his wife and steadfast companion until his death in 1972. approximately 10,000 prints from the collection of collector, connoisseur and scholar Frank Raysor, who grew up The final years of Picasso’s life showed prodigious creativity and expression, as he in Richmond. continued to paint and experiment with sculpture, ceramics and new media. At first Recent gallery re-openings seen as the ramblings of an old man, the works have taken on new significance and are Ancient Art Gallery now recognized for their innovation and creativity as the master pushed the boundaries Statue of Caligula. African Art in the Roman, A.D. 38 – 40. of art into new forms of self-expression. Dominion Resources Gallery Arthur and Margaret Ancient American Art Gallery Glasgow Fund. VMFA, a true gem found in Greater Richmond Congratulations on 75 years of bringing innovative gallery displays, blockbuster traveling exhibits and internationally-known artwork to our hometown! Their upcoming exhibit, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris, is a generous anniversary gift from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Greater Richmond Partnership is proud to have such an example of world- class culture in our own backyard. The VMFA is one of many reasons why the Greater Richmond region is a great place to live, work and play. Photo by Bilyana Dimitrova/VMFA counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and the City of Richmond. ation or expansion of more than 400 companies that have invested Greater Richmond, Where America’s Business Began.
  5. 5. A SPECIALTY PUBLICATION OF THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 5 PREVIEW THE EXHIBIT, keyword: Blessing SPECIAL EXHIBIT BE PART OF THE BLESSING January 24–June 1, 2011 • Virginia Holocaust Museum • A PROUD SUPPORTER OF THE ARTS IN RICHMOND Ridge Shopping Center . Parham at Quioccasin . 804.285.3671 . Open Tuesday through Saturday 10–6, Monday & Friday 10–8 . Our diamonds are conflict-free.
  6. 6. 6 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 A SPECIALTY PUBLICATION OF THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH Membership matters Be more than a visitor. Become a member museum hours and events and enjoy the benefits of the Virginia • 10% discount in the VMFA Shop, Amuse Museum of Fine Arts. Membership benefits Restaurant, and Best Café include free admission to ticketed exhibits, • Monthly Member Day with free member discounts, previews, travel opportunities, programs, tours and lectures • Discounts on world-class collections, educational programs classes, programs and ticketed events and more. • Members-only travel opportunities • Monthly Member News e-communications Members also enjoy the knowledge that by • Eligibility to join VMFA Support Groups joining VMFA they support the mission of enriching lives and strengthening the General Membership Options Commonwealth. (General Memberships are fully tax- deductible) Member benefits include: Student $10* • Free tickets and previews for special Individual $50** exhibitions • Invitations to special members- **$40 for seniors, teachers and out-of-state residents only events • Free subscription to myVMFA, Dual $65 the museum’s quarterly magazine • Free Family $75 parking in the VMFA Parking Deck during Reciprocal $125 – PABLO PICASSO Thank you, VMFA, for filling Richmond with Picasso’s masterpieces.
  7. 7. A SPECIALTY PUBLICATION OF THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 7 PICASSO Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris A journey through the ancient is a specialty publication of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Questions about content should be directed to Clissa England at 649-6835. kingdom of Ife Writer: Martha Bushong Designer: Gina Denniston Advertising Coordinator: Doris Ann Kane The landmark exhibition Nigeria, guided through six Photos: All photos ©Virginia Museum of Fine Arts unless Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art different sections that explore otherwise noted. in Ancient Nigeria opens Feb. Wealth & Trade, Sacred 12 and continues in VMFA’s Works in Stone, Finding Ife: Evans Court through May 22. A Century of Discovery, These extraordinary works by Dynasty & Divinity, artists from Ife and other Terracotta Images of Ife parts of Nigeria in the ninth Society, and Ife & Beyond. through 19th centuries are, according to the New York One of the high points of the Times, “as gorgeous as exhibition displays a group of sculpture gets, anytime, awesome life-size portrait anywhere.” heads of copper and various alloys. Surprisingly, no broad- The exhibition focuses on based exhibition of these Head; Ita Yemoo, Ife; 12th – 15th century C.E.Terra- works from the 10th through cotta; National Commission for Museums and works has ever been shown 15th centuries, when Ife Monuments, Nigeria. outside of Nigeria. The flourished as a cultural center. Nigerian government’s Works from other parts of Nigeria include those from extraordinary commitment to this project assured loans Igbo-Ukwu from as early as the ninth century, from of 100 of the most famous and beautiful objects of Ife. Benin — which surpassed Ife as a center for metal casting in the 16th century — as well as 18th- and The show coincides with the reopening of the VMFA’s 19th-century stone and copper works from the Yoruba impressive collection of African art. The newly people, who inhabit Nigeria. expanded galleries include 50 percent more floor space. The collection includes examples of art from more than Visitors to the exhibition journey through the ancient 100 cultures represented by 500 works that span 2,000 kingdom of Ife and the surrounding cities of western years of history. Take a break and be Amused Amuse Restaurant is a lively, contemporary fine dining restaurant located on Gallery Level 3 of the new McGlothlin Wing, offering seating on a beautiful covered terrace overlooking the Sculpture Garden and VMFA campus. An innovative lunch menu featuring regionally sourced Virginia produce is served from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. daily, tapas from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. daily, and dinner service from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday evenings. Enjoy cocktails and small plates in the comfortable lounge area daily from 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights. Look for signature menu items inspired by the cuisine of France and Spain during the Picasso exhibition.
  8. 8. 8 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 A SPECIALTY PUBLICATION OF THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH Celebrating the Creative Spirit © Altria Group, Inc. 2011 For decades, the Altria family of companies has been an enthusiastic supporter of a wide array of arts and cultural organizations. From promoting diversity and innovation to advancing education, scholarship and exploration in the arts, Altria is proud to contribute to the quality of life in our communities by supporting these vital organizations. The people of Altria applaud the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for presenting the Picasso exhibition. We celebrate a vision of world-class quality that will make Richmond a leading destination for fine art in the United States. To learn more, please visit