WHAT: A press tour for the PICASSO Art & Arena exhibition will provide behind-the-scenes and pre-opening access of the exhibition, which will showcase 39 of Pablo Picasso’s art pieces, property of the Fundación Picasso, Museo Casa Natal of Málaga, Spain.
WHEN: Jan. 29, 2013, at 10 a.m.
WHERE: St. Augustine Visitor Center located at 10 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. Parking is available in the Historic Downtown Parking Facility adjacent to the Visitor Center.
The PICASSO Art & Arena exhibition is an event to celebrate St. Augustine for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Juan Ponce de León. It is also the first of many exhibitions planned as part of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration.
The PICASSO Art & Arena collection includes original pieces created by Picasso between 1929 and 1961. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso’s main themes: bullfighting.
The series of 11 lithographs in this exhibition, created between December 1945 and January 1946, present a simplification of a bull’s profile, beginning with a realistic and traditional representation of the animal and gradually reducing the elements to essential lines. The sequence demonstrates Picasso’s innovative technique and variety of creative options when working with one subject.
Drama and tribute, fascination and freedom, balance and dynamism are combined in most unsuspected ways in these ceramics, illustrated books and lithographs that show Picasso’s absolute originality.
About the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration
The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration is a celebration that includes the 500th Anniversary of the landing of Juan Ponce de León in 2013, the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in 2014, and the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine in 2015. For more information, visit www.staugustine-450.com, www.facebook.com/450th or www.twitter.com/staugustine450th.