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Picasso and Chicago

Posted on  March 20, 2013

Enjoy 250 of the finest examples of the Art Institute’s collection of Picasso’s work.

 

 

“A century ago, in 1913, the Art Institute of Chicago became the first art museum in the country to present the work of a young Spaniard who would become the preeminent artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso.” –the Art Institute of Chicago

 

The Art Institute of Chicago became the first in the nation to feature Picasso when it gave space to the 1913 Armory Show. According to the museum, this introduced European modernism to American audiences.

 

So in celebration of the museum’s 100-year relationship with the legendary artist, the Art Institute has brought together over 250 of the finest work of Picasso’s paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and ceramics from private collections in the city, as well as from the museum’s collection, for the museum’s first large-scale Picasso exhibition in almost 30 years.

 

One of Picasso’s designs is a well-known Chicago attraction: a 50-foot-tall steel sculpture at the downtown Richard J. Daley Center. And according to the Huffington Post, children often play on the massive piece in the summer, whole visitors debate about the artwork.

 

But Picasso and Chicago have a deeper relationship than simply a tourist attraction, Art Institute president and director, Douglas Druick told the Huffington Post. “There’s a link between Chicago and Picasso in terms of temperament. A restlessness, a desire to improve, a desire to change, a desire to never stand still.”

 

Picasso and Chicago is open through May 12, 2013. It will coincide with related installations throughout the Art Institute’s other galleries, including “Picasso and Cezanne,” “Picasso, Paris and African Art” and “Picasso and American Art.”

 

*Photo from artic.edu

 

DETAILS

 

Visit www.artic.edu

 

Dates: February 20, 2013 – May 12, 2013

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Wednesday & 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Price: $23 – Adults, $17 – Students and Seniors, Free – Children under 14, K-12 Illinois teachers and Illinois school groups, Chicago police and firefighters, Active members of the U.S. military, Former PoWs and disabled U.S. veterans

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL, 60657, 773.404.3400

www.chicagocitysuites.com

 

Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood.

528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499

www.majestic-chicago.com

 

The Willows Hotel

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904

www.willowshotelchicago.com

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