Picasso and Chicago

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Enjoy 250 of the finest examples of the Art Institute’s collection of Picasso’s work.



“A century ago, in 1913, the Art Institute of Chicago became the first art museum in the country to present the work of a young Spaniard who would become the preeminent artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso.” –the Art Institute of Chicago


The Art Institute of Chicago became the first in the nation to feature Picasso when it gave space to the 1913 Armory Show. According to the museum, this introduced European modernism to American audiences.


So in celebration of the museum’s 100-year relationship with the legendary artist, the Art Institute has brought together over 250 of the finest work of Picasso’s paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and ceramics from private collections in the city, as well as from the museum’s collection, for the museum’s first large-scale Picasso exhibition in almost 30 years.


One of Picasso’s designs is a well-known Chicago attraction: a 50-foot-tall steel sculpture at the downtown Richard J. Daley Center. And according to the Huffington Post, children often play on the massive piece in the summer, whole visitors debate about the artwork.


But Picasso and Chicago have a deeper relationship than simply a tourist attraction, Art Institute president and director, Douglas Druick told the Huffington Post. “There’s a link between Chicago and Picasso in terms of temperament. A restlessness, a desire to improve, a desire to change, a desire to never stand still.”


Picasso and Chicago is open through May 12, 2013. It will coincide with related installations throughout the Art Institute’s other galleries, including “Picasso and Cezanne,” “Picasso, Paris and African Art” and “Picasso and American Art.”


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Dates: February 20, 2013 – May 12, 2013

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