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Picasso. Figures

Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

The Frist Art Museum will kick off its 20th anniversary with Picasso. Figures, an exhibition from the incomparable collection of the Musée national Picasso-Paris. The exhibition offers an in-depth look at Pablo Picasso’s career-long fascination with the human figure as a means of expressing a range of subjects and emotions. Featuring approximately 75 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures, Picasso. Figures will make its sole U.S. appearance in Nashville in the Frist’s Ingram Gallery from February 5 through May 2, 2021. Information about advance timed tickets will be available at FristArtMuseum.org.

Highlights of the exhibition include masterpieces from Picasso’s various styles and periods, as well as more intimate works that provide fresh insights into his innovative practice. “Viewers will see how, as Picasso continuously deconstructed and then remade the body, he was also recasting the history of figuration as a combination of his own psychological view of humanity and observations about the disruptive nature of life in the 20th century,” says Frist Art Museum chief curator Mark Scala.

The works in Picasso. Figures range from geometric abstractions of the human body to emotionally charged depictions of family, friends, and lovers, illustrating Picasso’s career, offering a panoramic summary of his wide-ranging creativity while providing glimpses of his tumultuous relationships with his wives, mistresses, muses, and models. The focus then shifts to Picasso’s renowned cubist period of the early 20th century. Of particular interest are works that demonstrate the powerful influence of African and Iberian art on this radical style, in which perceptions of time, space, and reality are altered in ways that embody the ideal of artistic freedom manifested by artists of the period. Continuing through the exhibition, visitors will encounter paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that reflect Picasso’s experiments with a variety of styles, including surrealism, neoclassicism, and expressionism. Picasso. Figures culminates in late works, characterized by vivid colors, exuberant brushstrokes, and playful twists on the old masters, showing that Picasso’s endless desire to reinvent painting continued until the end of his life.


Talk

Thursday Feb 04 | 5:30 pm

Curator’s Perspective: Picasso. Figures

An online lecture about Picasso’s innovative approaches to deconstructing, abstracting, and transforming the body in his art.

With the art historian François Dareau, co-curator of the exhibition and associate curator at Musée Picasso-Paris, and Emilia Philippot, Head of Collections at Musée Picasso-Paris.

Because of the popularity of this program, the lecture live will also stream on the Frist’s Facebook page.


Educator Workshop: Picasso. Figures
Thursday, February 11, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

During this workshop, participants will examine the Picasso. Figures exhibition, participate in a gallery tour and art-making activities, receive teaching materials, and discuss curriculum connections. Read More

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