Picasso and Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago: Major Exhibition to Showcase Over 250 Works of Picasso.

Picasso and Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago: Major Exhibition to Showcase Over 250 Works of Picasso.
Image: Pablo Picasso. The Red Armchair (detail), 1931. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Saidenberg. © Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

CHICAGO, Tuesday, August 28, 2012.  For the first time in almost 30 years, a major Picasso exhibition will grace the halls of the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition, Picasso and Chicago, will open February 20, 2013 in the Museum's Regenstein Hall. Over 250 of the finest examples of the Art Institute's extraordinary collection of Picasso's paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings as well as major loans from private collections in the city will be on display. The exhibition will coincide with the centennial of the Armory Show at the Art Institute, the first major exhibition of avant-garde European art presented in the United States and the first time Picasso's works were displayed in an American museum.

The museum began its collection of works by Picasso in the early 1920s with two figural drawings (Seated Male Nude and Sketches of a Young Woman and a Man, 1905 and 1904/05, respectively), and in 1926 welcomed The Old Guitarist (late 1903-early 1904) as a generous gift of Frederic Clay and Helen Birch Bartlett.

Over time, the collection has expanded to include paintings such as the classically inspired Mother and Child (1921) as well as landmark sculptures including the cubist Head of a Woman (Fernande) (1909). In addition, the museum boasts an exceptional collection of works on paper that include the monumental Woman Washing Her Feet (1944) and impressions of his most iconic works such as The Frugal Meal (1904), one of only three examples of the famous Blue Period etching actually printed in blue ink.

The presentation will not only survey Picasso's extensive material experimentations, but will also highlight subjects that are emblematic of the artist, including the emotive individuals of his Blue and Rose periods, the bold geometric forms of his Cubist years, the monumental personages from his post-World War II production, and his specific contributions to the city of Chicago. Special presentations on the themes and influences of the artist will be showcased throughout the museum's encyclopedic collection, allowing visitors to explore his broad and enduring impact. The exhibition will run through May 12, 2013.

Other exhibitions scheduled for the 2012-2012 Season include:

Allen Ruppersberg: No Time Left to Start Again/The B and D of R 'n' R.
September 21, 2012-January 6, 2013
Gallery 188

Danh Vo: We the People.
September 23, 2012-April 7, 2013
Pritzker Garden and Bluhm Family Terrace

Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects.
September 24, 2012-February 24, 2013
Galleries 283-285


Steve McQueen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             October 21, 2012-January 6, 2013, 
Regenstein Hall.


focus: Hito Steyerl.
November 1, 2012-January 27, 2013
Gallery 182-184, 186

Tradition Transformed:
Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum.
November 11, 2012-August 2013 (closing date TBA)
* New galleries opening *
The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art.

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