CLEVELAND — The art of Pablo Picasso will take center stage at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2020.
“Picasso and Paper” will debut May 24 and run through Aug. 23 in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibit Hall and Gallery.
“Showcasing over 300 works spanning the artist’s entire career, the exhibition highlights the artist’s deep appreciation of the physical world and his desire to manipulate diverse materials,” the museum said in a press release. “Picasso’s relentless exploration of working on and with paper is featured in the many assembled collages of cut-and-pasted papers, sculptures from pieces of torn and burnt paper, documentary photographs and manipulated photographs on paper, and an array of printmaking techniques on paper supports.”
The Cleveland Museum of Art said this “groundbreaking exhibition” is being done in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, London, with the Musée national Picasso, Paris.
Among the highlights are Femmes à leur toilette of 1937–38, an extraordinary large collage (2.99 x 4.48 meters; 9 13/16 x 14 1/2 feet) of cut-and-pasted papers, which will be exhibited in the U.K. for the first time in 50 years; outstanding Cubist papiers collés; artist’s sketchbooks, including studies for Les Demoiselles d’Avignon; constructed paper guitars from the Cubist and Surrealist periods; and an array of works related to major paintings and sculptural projects.
The exhibit will be organized chronologically in 10 sections, displayed in context with a limited number of related paintings and sculptures. Picasso’s seminal masterpiece of his Blue period, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s La Vie (1903), will be presented with preparatory drawings and other works on paper exploring corresponding themes of poverty, despair and social alienation. In the Cubist section, Picasso’s bronze Head of a Woman (Fernande) of 1909 (Musée national Picasso, Paris) will be surrounded by a large group of associated drawings.