Picasso: Man and Beast. The Vollard Suite of Prints.

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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Minotaur Defeated by Youth in Arena, 29 May 1933. Etching on Montval laid paper. 33.8 x 44.6 cm (plate: 19.4 x 27 cm) National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (no. 7237) © Picasso Estate / SODRAC (2016) 

MAY 13-AUGUST 13, 2017

Get ready for Manitoba’s first major showcase of work by Pablo Picasso in decades. This summer, the WAG presents Picasso: Man and Beast and Picasso in Canada, two exhibitions highlighting the many sides of Picasso, one of the greatest artists of all time.

Through his work, Picasso was instrumental in shaping the art of the 20th century. Although perhaps best known for his Cubist paintings, Picasso was also a skilled printmaker, exploring myriad ideas and influences in virtually every known technique from intaglio to lithography. The 100 etchings and drypoints in The Vollard Suite are collectively considered one of his printmaking masterworks, and constitute one of the treasures of the national collection. Acquired in 1957, the entire Suite is being presented for the first time in sixty years, and is one of only a handful of the original complete sets remaining in the world. The exhibition is brought to Winnipeg through the Gallery’s NGC@WAG partnership with the National Gallery of Canada. Exploring the tension between man and beast that often characterized Picasso and his work, The Vollard Suite represents both the civilizing nature of art, and a provocative yet quintessential representation of Picasso’s “beast within.”

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Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)., Minotaur Kneeling over Sleeping Girl, 18 June 1933. drypoint on Montval laid paper. 33.5 x 44.5 cm (plate: 29.6 x 36.6 cm). National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (no. 7241) © Picasso Estate / SODRAC (2015)

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