Pablo Picasso - Head of a Horse

Pablo Picasso
Study for Guernica (Head of a Horse)
Paris, May 2, 1937, oil on canvas
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.
© 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Picasso Black and White - Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Picasso Black and White, the first major exhibition to focus on the artist’s lifelong exploration of a black-and-white palette throughout his career, is presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from February 24 to May 27, 2013.

Source: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Featuring nearly 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper from 1904 to 1970, the exhibition offers new and striking insights into Picasso’s vision and working methods. This chronological presentation includes significant loans—many of which have not been exhibited or published before—drawn from museum, private and public collections across Europe and the United States, including numerous works from the Picasso family. The exhibition was organized by and premiered at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in October.

A number of significant additions to the Guggenheim exhibition are on view only in Houston, including major paintings on loan from the Tate Gallery, London, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, as well as a selection of prints and drawings and two major works from the MFAH collection: "The Rower" (1910) and "Woman with Outstretched Arms" (1961). In addition, the MFAH presentation includes the tapestry based on Picasso’s iconic indictment of war, his 1937 masterwork "Guernica". The monumental tapestry was commissioned by Picasso from French weavers in 1955 at the suggestion of Nelson Rockefeller, who purchased it from the artist; following Rockefeller’s death, the tapestry was displayed for more than two decades at the United Nations building in New York.

"Picasso Black and White" is organized by Carmen Giménez, Stephen and Nan Swid, Curator of Twentieth-Century Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, with assistance from Karole Vail, associate curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In Houston, the exhibition is coordinated by Gary Tinterow, director of the MFAH; and Alison de Lima Greene, curator of contemporary art and special projects.

Picasso is widely considered the most important artist of the 20th century,” said Gary Tinterow, MFAH director. “Picasso Black and White will be the first comprehensive exhibition of Picasso’s paintings and sculpture to be seen in Houston, expanding upon the Museum’s pioneering Picasso and Photography: The Dark Mirror, held in 1997. Our colleague Carmen Giménez is one of the great Picasso scholars, and she brings to this project an unerring eye and absolute understanding of the artist’s work. With this latest exploration, Picasso’s compelling use of line, as opposed to color, can now be fully appreciated.

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