Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) in Hendersonville will present Picasso Ceramics: Master in Clay/Part II, its second Picasso exhibition in recent years.
On view from September 17 through November 12, the exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The acclaimed master of multiple mediums passed away in 1973 at age 91 in Mougins, a hilltop village on the French Riviera.
The exhibition will showcase 60 of the renowned Picasso’s Edition Ceramics, made in partnership with Suzanne and Georges Ramié, from 1947 until 1971. The couple owned the Madoura Pottery studio in Vallauris, a quaint seaside town in the south of France. Picasso’s line of earthenware ceramics feature whimsical depictions of Greek mythological figures, along with fanciful renditions of owls, fish, birds, women and bullfighting scenes.
The mass-produced, functional ceramic ware that Picasso designed, in association with the Ramiés, provided him with an avenue for making his work extremely affordable and readily accessible to a much wider audience. He also liked the inherent simplicity of the generic, press-molded plates, platters, and bowls, which were said to remind him of the informality of his homeland.
Picasso Ceramics: Master in Clay/Part II at the MACC will be complemented by a dozen of the artist’s famed Imaginary Portraits, created late in his career in 1969, as well as a trio of his prized linocuts.
The Picasso works are drawn from the collection of Albert and Mitsie Scaglione of Southfield, Michigan. Avid, longtime collectors, the Scagliones are the founders of the Park West Museum, the Park West Gallery and Park West Foundation.
The exhibition at the MACC is being offered to the public free of charge.
MACC Executive Director Cheryl Strichik anticipates that Picasso Ceramics: Master in Clay/Part II will be exceptionally popular with museum goers when it opens next month. More than 10,000 visitors attended Monthaven’s first Picasso Edition Ceramics exhibition, shown during the late summer and fall of 2019.