Art, love and 'the beast within': Winnipeg Art Gallery unveils largest Picasso exhibit in 40 years
Artworks reveal a different side of the famous artist, says WAG director
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is giving Manitobans a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the works by famed Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, hailed as one of the 20th century's most influential artists, in a new exhibit opening this weekend.
The pieces in the exhibit, which were installed at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Friday, are part of a new display running until mid-August of works by the famed painter, sculptor, printmaker and writer.
"I cannot think of an artist who had a greater impact on the 20th century," said Stephen Borys, director and CEO of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
"He painted for seven decades, if not longer, and literally had something to say every decade he was producing art."
It's the first major showcase of Picasso's work at the gallery in more than 40 years, Borys said.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery features two new Picasso exhibits — Picasso in Canada, a WAG exhibit curated by Borys, and Picasso: Man & Beast, organized by the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa — along with works like Picasso's 1945 painting Lamp and Cherries, on loan from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The artworks in the WAG exhibit feature pieces rarely displayed, including etchings and intimate portraits, the gallery said.
"We're proud here at the WAG to present Manitoba's first major showcase of Picasso's work in over four decades," Borys said.
Visitors to the gallery in Winnipeg wil get a chance this summer, he said, to understand more about who Picasso was.
"They'll have a chance to decide for themselves what he's really all about through his art," said Borys.
Borys said while the artist is famous for his cubist works, Picasso was also an "incredibly skilled printmaker."
The Picasso: Man and Beast exhibit features 100 of Picasso's prints created in the 1930s.
The works show a different side of Picasso, said Sonia Del Re, the exhibit's curator, and reveal the artists's obsession with art, love and "the beast within."
The Winnipeg Art Gallery's Picasso show opens to the public Saturday and runs until Aug. 13, 2017.