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Guggenheim curator brings Picasso to Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE – Works of one of the most influential and celebrated artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, are coming to the Huntsville Museum of Art.

To celebrate Tuesday’s opening of “A Graphic Journey: Prints by Pablo Picasso” exhibit, the Huntsville Museum of Art will welcome Megan Fontanella, curator of Modern Art and Provenance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and curator of the Picasso collection’s owner, Dr. Timothy Collins.

“The Picasso print exhibition is significant of its own accord, clearly,” said Christopher Madkour, HMA’s executive director. “That we’re able to present one of the world’s foremost experts on Picasso’s life, his works, muses, and his process, it becomes that much more of an immersive experience – particularly so in this case because his prints are less widely known and experienced.”

Fontanella has curated or co-organized more than 30 exhibitions for the Guggenheim’s constellation of museums in Bilbao, Spain; New York; Venice; and Berlin. She also helped develop shows for the traveling exhibitions program.

In her presentation, “Young Picasso in Paris,” Fontanella examines the artist’s initial forays into Paris as a young man, and the impact of the contemporary subjects and styles he encountered there.

Picasso was said to have produced about 147,800 works of art in his 78-year career. They include 13,500 paintings, 100,000 prints and engravings, 300 sculptures and ceramics, and 34,000 illustrations.

The exhibit will be displayed in the Huth, Boeing, and Salmon galleries through Oct. 15.

Picasso’s Two Nude Women at the Huntsville Museum of Art (Huntsville Museum of Art contributed)

“A Graphic Journey” marks the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death and celebrates the unparalleled significance the artist had on modern and contemporary art.

“We are delighted to support this exhibit and the Huntsville Museum of Art as they continue to inspire imagination and make a lasting impact on our community,” said Nick Willis, regional president for PNC Bank of Greater Alabama, the event’s sponsor.

The exhibition features more than 60 etchings, lithographs, and linocuts from The Timothy Collins Collection in Los Angeles.

Picasso made prints throughout his career. He made his first in 1899 as a teenager; and his last in 1972 at the age of 90.

Experimenting all the while, he produced more than 2,400 prints in his life. Although well recognized for his abstract paintings, Picasso’s approach to printmaking was just as important to him as painting.

Tickets for HMA members are $70. Non-members are $100. Click here for tickets.

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