October 09, 2014
January 04, 2015
Honolulu Museum of Art
With a career spanning more than seven decades and an oeuvre comprising thousands of paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, ceramics, collages, and assemblages, Pablo Picasso is the 20th century’s most important and influential artist. His iconic Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907, Museum of Modern Art, New York) forever transformed the art of painting, and his violent, tragic Guernica (1937, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid) drives home to this day the horrors of war. In the museum’s own collection, Fan, Pipe, and Glass (1911) is on permanent display as a remarkable example of Picasso’s pioneering Analytical Cubism, but the artist’s prints—in which the collection is also strong—are exhibited only rarely.
This exhibition unveils for the first time a sizeable concentration of Picasso’s prints from the permanent collection. Examples of lithography and intaglio from all periods of his career—including his early Blue and Rose Periods, his Cubist phase, his later classical abstraction, and his linocuts from the 1950s and 1960s—will offer a mini-survey of the artist’s work that will bring to light his expertise as a printmaker, approaching his craft with the same spirit of innovation with which he undertook his paintings.