Picasso comes to Vancouver Art Gallery
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.