If you ask someone on the street to name a famous artist, chances are, they will say Picasso. And it’s been awhile since Manitoba has showcased the work of this legendary painter; decades, in fact. This summer will make up for those lost years, with Picasso in Canada and Picasso: Man and Beast. The Vollard Suite of Prints, exhibiting at the Winnipeg Art Gallery from May 13 to August 13. Consider yourself officially invited to a summer of touring, feasting, bonding and appreciating the art of Pablo Picasso; one of the most iconic and well known artists in the history of Western art.
Tour with Picasso
Drop in to the Winnipeg Art Gallery on a weekend this summer to get a more in-depth look at the work of Picasso. The weekend drop-in tours bring visitors through both exhibits. The first, Picasso: Man and Beast, showcases the tension between man and beast with 100 etchings and drypoints, one of the only original complete sets remaining in the world. Picasso in Canada, includes one of the most important paintings by Picasso, Femme Assise (Seated Woman) and a variety of paintings, watercolours, drawings and ceramic works from over five decades of artistic production. Picasso: Man and Beast, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, showcases the tension between man and beast with 100 etchings and drypoints, one of the only original complete sets remaining in the world.
Feast with Picasso
The WAG’s signature event combines the best of both worlds: dinner and art. The dinner-and-tour program starts with a three course dinner inspired by Mediterranean Cuisine, with dishes such as lamb rib with fig and mint jelly, free-range chicken with lemon paella cake and banana-caramel custard topped with sherry and coconut. There is an alternative option for vegetarian eaters, who can opt for root vegetable ravioli and wild mushroom and mixed bean paella in lieu of the meat options. After dinner, embark on a tour of Picasso in Canada and Picasso: Man and Beast, to see some of Picasso’s greatest works from collections across Canada.
Bond with Picasso
Interactive family programming means the kiddos can get to know the works of Picasso too, while you enjoy a little bonding time together. Enjoy a hot cup of tea and create a colourful double portrait inspired by the artist himself at the Mother’s Day Tea Party, or snack on top of the WAG while creating cubist still life in the sunshine at Rooftop Picnic. Both events are an excellent way to introduce children to a different style of art.
Art with Picasso
Spice up your lunch hour with Art for Lunch: bi-monthly talks, videos and tours that will incite inspiration in even the toughest critics. On May 17, bring your paper bag lunch and watch The Private Life of Masterpiece: Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 2008 (59 min, BBC). May 31 offers another chance to learn more about Picasso and the summer exhibit, with a curator’s tour of both Picasso in Canada and Picasso: Man & Beast.
Other special events
Saturday, May 13 • starting at 2pm • Guided tours with Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO and curator of Picasso in Canada, and Dr. Sonia Del Re, Associate Curator of European Prints and Drawings for the National Gallery of Canada and curator of Man & Beast
Friday, June 2 • 7pm • Picasso in Canada tour with Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO, curator of Picasso in Canada