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Last Weekend of ‘Picasso Sculpture’ at the MoMA

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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The Museum of Modern Art’s astonishing Picasso Sculpture, is a once-in-a-lifetime art event that you won’t want to miss. Closing this Sunday, February 7, the exhibit will have extended hours for its members. Museum members and their accompanied guests will have first access to the collection daily from 9:30-10:30 a.m., before the general public, and say their farewells to the 20th century legend’s sculptural masterpieces.

MoMA’s entire fourth floor is dedicated to this extraordinary exhibit that features more than 100 sculptures and assemblages made between 1902 and 1964. Marvel at the sheer variety of artistic mediums alone: from wood to plaster, and metal to pebbles. The artist’s triumph is evident in all the ways that he parted with representation—be it in his guitar assemblage, a figure of the baboon, or the magnificent highlight of the exhibit, Glass of Absinthe. This sweeping survey is first of its kind in nearly half a century in the United States and was critically lauded and acknowledged to become a historic one.

While formally trained as a painter, Picasso’s experience with sculpture was purely experimental and stemmed from his lifelong passion for the unique materials and unusual techniques, where he could let his personal expression roam free. The mastermind kept most of these works in his household while he was alive, treating them as members of the family.

Complementing the phantasmagorical experience, are photographs and side notes explaining the significance of all works throughout art history and in Picasso’s own life. The curators of Picasso SculptureAnn Temkin and Anne Umland for MoMA and Virginie Perdrisot for the Musée National Picasso, have organized the exhibit around the Picasso’s creative periods, that coupled with the spacious 22,000 square feet of exhibition area, allowing visitors to take in each work as itself and then circulate onto the next one, thus delivering a global yet personal viewing experience that is in the very heart of the sculptures themselves.

Photo via MoMa.
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