'Picasso's Unknown Masterpieces' with Dr. Alma Mikulinsky

Date :
26 April 2012, Thursday
Time :
18:30 Registration; 18:45 Lecture
Venue :
1/F, T.T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU
Cost :
$120 Member; $180 Non-member; Free for student with valid ID
Note :
Optional dinner with speaker afterward on share-cost basis

While Pablo Picasso is often praised as the most important painter of the 20th century art world, his sculptures receive significantly less attention and fame. The reason for this imbalance seems to stem from Picasso's own strategies of display. During his lifetime, the artist internationally exhibited his paintings, while choosing for the large part of his career to leave his enormous collection of sculptures "in the dark". The sculptures were never sold or exhibited, and for the most part were left in Picasso's private houses, studios, and storage rooms, for his eyes only.

In this talk, we will examine Picasso's unknown masterpieces and attempt to decipher the reasons for Picasso's peculiar approach to the display of his sculptures.


Dr. Alma Mikulinsky is a Research Fellow at the Society of Scholars in the Humanities at the University of Hong Kong. She specializes in early 20th century European art with additional expertise in international contemporary art. While her current book project is devoted to the study of photographic represntation of Pablo Picasso's sculptures, her research interests encompass interwar continental philosophy, early 20th century ethnographic discourses, strategies of art display, and art and politics. She has been the recipient of, among others, a residence scholarship at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal, and a graduate fellowship at the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto. Alongside her academic work, she acts as an art consultant and translator, and writes art critiques and exhibition reviews. Her texts and translations have been commissioned by international museums and prominent ccommercial galleries.