Do join us to bid a fond farewell to Picasso's ceramics from the Nina Miller Collection before its final closing. The evening starts with a wine-and-cheese reception where members and guests can toast to Picasso's artistic genius revealed in the beautifully sculpted and colourfully glazed ceramics. Co-curator of the exhibition, Dr. Alma Mikulinsky will present an insightful lecture on "Picasso's Ceramic Oeuvre: of Owls, Pigeons and Corrida" followed with a special guided viewing.
Pablo Picasso, originally known and celebrated as a painter, became a visionary
ceramic artist during the last three decades of his long and eventful life. In collaboration with ceramicists and sculptors, including Suzanne Ramié, Jules Agard and Julio Gonzales, he created an array of different forms and shapes of three-dimensional artworks, many of which served as sculptural canvas for his figurative paintings and ornate decorations. Many of the extraordinary and sometimes unique masterpieces the Spanish artist created are now part of the Nina Miller Collection and they are on display at UMAG this autumn. This talk offers insightful information on their origin and meaning, and it explains the sculptural and painterly decoration that set them apart.
In the south of France, the Spanish artist teamed up with Atelier Madoura and painted on both the ceramists standard forms fired and on artefacts Picasso helped to design—ones that show his individual style and relate to his painted and graphic oeuvre. In near series, the artist reinterprets objects and iconographic themes, elevating his newly adopted medium to rarely seen stature. Interesting hereby are his collaboratively produced sculptures, and the stylistic relationships across different media characteristic of Picasso’s distinct imprint and so iconic in the modern art of his day.
Dr. Alma Mikulinsky is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History, at the Department of History, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA and an independent curator working in North America, Europe, and Asia. Her PhD Dissertation (University of Toronto, 2011) was devoted to the photography of Pablo Picasso’s sculptures and she is currently working on a book manuscript titled Picasso on Display: The Public Life of Picasso’s Sculptures. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, among which a two-year post-doctoral fellowship as a research scholar at the Society of Scholars in the Humanities at The University of Hong Kong.