Pi­casso comes to Vancouver Art Gallery

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By XUETING ZHAO in Vancouver For China Daily

Vancouver art en­thu­si­asts can now ex­plore the life and ge­nius of Pablo Pi­casso with a fea­tured ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing at Vancouver Art Gallery.

Fea­tur­ing more than 60 works in­spired by six fe­male fig­ures that were most en­dear­ing and in­flu­en­tial to Pi­casso (18811973), the ex­hi­bi­tion Pi­casso: TheArti­s­tandHisMuses at Vancouver Art Gallery is Western Canada’s largest col­lec­tion of Pi­casso’s work at one time.

Among the mas­ter­pieces, Claudeet Paloma and Femme au cha­peau, two paint­ings brought by Wanda Group, have par­tic­u­larly cap­tured the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion.

“We are bring­ing these two paint­ings all the way across the ocean, hop­ing to give the pub­lic an op­por­tu­nity to closely ap­pre­ci­ate the master’s tal­ent,” said Qingx­i­ang Guo, chief cu­ra­tor of Wanda’s art col­lec­tion depart­ment. “I’m ex­tremely de­lighted to see it has been such a great suc­cess so far.”

Pur­chased by Wanda for US $28.2 mil­lion in 2013, it is the first time Claudeet Paloma was loaned for pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion.

“We are very proud to show­case these stel­lar art­works drawn from pub­lic and pri­vate col­lec­tions around the world,” said Kath­leen S. Bar­tels, di­rec­tor of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “They rep­re­sent Pi­casso’s most pro­lific and in­no­va­tive phases, which dra­mat­i­cally al­tered the course of Euro­pean art his­tory.”

Based on Pi­casso’s love his­tory, the ex­hi­bi­tion not only pays trib­ute to the Span­ish master but also serves as an ode to the women who in­spired his cre­ativ­ity.

“With this ex­hi­bi­tion we seek to look be­yond Pi­casso and put a spot­light on the women that her­alded the many trans­for­ma­tions in his art,” said Beisiegel, deputy di­rec­tor of VAG’s Art Cen­tre Basel. “These un­con­ven­tional women of­ten fol­lowed their own artis­tic pur­suits and in a form of creative os­mo­sis in­spired Pi­casso in­tel­lec­tu­ally and ar­tis­ti­cally.”

Pi­casso has mil­lions of ad­mir­ers world­wide. His bold in­no­va­tions, es­tab­lished art skills and in­com­pa­ra­ble cre­ativ­ity have in­flu­enced artists of var­i­ous back­grounds.

It is why the ex­hi­bi­tion at the Vancouver Art Gallery was able to unite like-minded art en­thu­si­asts from all over the world to share their col­lec­tions and to ex­change thoughts and ideas.

“The big­gest take-away, through my talks with peo­ple work­ing in the [art] in­dus­try in Vancouver, is the re­al­iza­tion that it is of ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity for China to ac­tively take part in the big­ger di­a­logue hap­pen­ing in the world’s art scene,” Guo said.

“Arts, of all forms, are in­ter­nally con­nected and should be a legacy shared and ap­pre­ci­ated by all races.

“I think it [the ex­hi­bi­tion] has ex­posed the au­di­ence to not only Pi­casso’s in­com­pa­ra­ble ge­nius, but also the fact that Chi­nese artists and art col­lec­tors, de­spite from a dif­fer­ent back­ground, are gen­uinely in­ter­ested and re­spect­ful to­wards arts, whether it’s Eastern or Western,” he said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs at Vancouver Art Gallery to Oct 2.

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