Below the Surface

Tomorrow, one of the most important exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC will open to the public. But members who enjoy exclusive benefits, or belong to certain media outlets, had the opportunity to preview Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a landmark exhibition of 300 works by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), over the weekend. I cannot help but describe it as one of the most special exhibitions in the history of the storied museum, considering it is the very first one to focus on the Spanish painter’s collective in the museum’s collection. A landmark project like this, which includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics, has never before been seen there all at one time. The Blue Period is shown in a wide array along with the Dora Maar collection, in works like Woman in White (1923), The Dreamer (1932), and Dora Maar in an Armchair (1939). Also on display is The Actor, which the artist painted at a mere 23 years old. Back in January, a museum guest accidentally fell into the work and tore a six-inch strip into the canvas near the bottom right-hand corner. Experts have spent the past several months carefully restoring the piece, which visitors can check out as part of this exhibition.

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art covers nine galleries within the museum, with each focusing on a specific Picasso period, and will stay open through August 1, 2010.

Image at top via Art Daily