• Pablo Picasso, Two-Handled Vase with Faun’s Head and an Owl, 1961, painted earthenware, 23 × 17 1/2 × 15". © Picasso Estate/VISDA.

    “Picasso: Ceramics”

    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
    Gl. Strandvej 13
    February 1–May 27, 2018

    Curated by Helle Crenzien and Kirsten Degel

    Although he was already sixty-six years old when he produced his first ceramic work, Picasso would go on to make some four thousand clay pieces over the next two and a half decades. Working in Vallauris in the South of France, under the tutelage of Suzanne and Georges Ramié and the craftspeople at their Madoura studio, Picasso learned about traditional techniques and forms—and then set about reshaping them, in keeping with the plasticity of his own inventiveness. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art will exhibit more than 150 of the artist’s original, playful ceramics, including amphora-shaped female figures and a bevy of owls, doves, goats, bulls, and other creatures. In addition to the many plates painted with bullfight scenes or the faces of satyrs and fauns, there are others that Picasso embellished with three-dimensional ceramic food and cutlery, the finished works recalling his Cubist assemblages of some forty years before. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Marilyn McCully, Harald Theil, Salvador Haro González, and Lynda Morris.