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Picasso and Ceramics

Picasso and Ceramics

September 29, 2004–January 23, 2005

Curated by Paul Bourassa and Léopold L. Foulem

This exhibition is organized in partnership with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Gardiner Museum

University of Toronto Art Centre

Picasso and Ceramics, jointly realized by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Gardiner Museum in partnership with the University of Toronto Art Centre, will be presented at the Art Centre from September 29, 2004 to January 23, 2005 with the generous support of Desjardins Group.

Picasso was the most influential artist of the 20th century. His universally recognized name connotes energy, daring and originality.

This exhibition brings together the largest number of Picasso and Ceramics ever seen in Canada and provides a unique opportunity to discover an important part of Picasso’s creative universe. “With Picasso, ceramics acquired a real content, speaking not only to the senses but to reason and intelligence as well,” says co-curator Paul Bourassa from the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

The exhibition features 80 unique pieces by Picasso as well as examples of the historic pottery that inspired his work. Posters designed by Picasso for the annual Vallauris potters exhibitions, preparatory sketches and photographs of the artist working in clay complete the exhibition.

A beautifully illustrated catalogue containing original research on Picasso’s ceramic oeuvre complements this exhibition. It features essays by co-curators Paul Bourassa from the Musée du Quebec, Léopold L. Foulem, the celebrated Canadian artist who has devoted twenty years of study to Picasso’s work and others. Published in French and English by Editions Hazan, it can be purchased in advance at the Gardiner Museum Shop, 60 McCaul St, Toronto.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, September 29, 2004
University of Toronto Art Centre

Picasso Symposium

Saturday, November 6, 2004, 10am-5pm
University college, Room 140

Picasso Symposium Dinner

Friday, November 5, 6-9pm
Gallery Grill, Hart House

Picasso Lectures

High or Low Art? Reconsidering Picasso’s Ceramics
Thursday, September 30, 2004, 6pm
Featuring Robert Rosenblum
University College, Room 140
Picasso’s Presence at the Albright Knox
Monday, October 25, 2004, 6pm
Featuring Kenneth Wayne
University College, Room 140
Picasso and His Enduring Appeal
Sunday, November 21, 2004, 2pm
Featuring Mary Bartow
University College, Room 140
Is Picasso the 20th Century’s Seminal Ceramic Artist?
Friday, December 10, 2004, 6pm
Featuring Léopold L. Foulem
Music Room, Hart House

Exhibition Tour

Exhibition Tour with Niamh O’Laoghaire (French)
Tuesday, January 11, 2004, 11am
University of Toronto Art Centre

Exhibition Tour

Exhibition Tour with Susan Jefferies
Thursday, January 13, 2004, 2pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge Desjardins Group, with project support of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Culture, and the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage, with the additional support of our Media Partner, The Globe and Mail.


Title Image: Pablo Picasso, Woman Riding a Horse, 1950-1951. Ceramic.

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