Historic City News was notified that tickets will go on sale next week to view the works of art from the Picasso Foundation, located in Málaga, Spain, when they are displayed in the St Augustine Visitor Information Center between February 1 and May 11, 2013.
The 15,000 square foot WPA-era visitor complex was recently remodeled to offer approximately 5,000 square feet in the main exhibition area and reception space; including upgraded systems, climate control, security, fire suppression, conservation lighting, and UV screening.
“The Visitor Information Center has been upgraded into a state of the art exhibition center,” Assistant City Manager Tim Burchfield told Historic City News on Friday.
According to an announcement from the St Augustine 450th Commemoration office, “Picasso Art & Arena” is an exhibit of thirty-nine pieces of graphic work and ceramics by the Spanish master.
This three-month exhibit will showcase art pieces from the Fundación Picasso, Museo Casa Natal of Málaga, Spain; and includes original pieces created by the Malagueñan artist between 1929 and 1961.
Adults – $10
Seniors – $8
Kids 6 & Under – Free
Kids 7 to 12 – $5
Family of 4 – $20
Military in Uniform – Free
Flagler College Student with ID – Free
Tickets will be available at the St. Augustine Visitor Center and other city venues.
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 of 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 then gradually reducing the elements to a simplified form. The sequence demonstrates the artist’s innovative process and variety of creative options of working with one subject.
Other images in the exhibition offer different representations of the bull, ranging from the bull’s forehead to the whole bodied animal. In other images they are turned into winged, frolicking creatures. The bullfighting scenes are full of drama and movement, in which Picasso resorts to the classical figuration.
Chief Curator Maria D’Adamo, and Associate Curator Nikole Alvarez, will host the special event.