Past Exhibitions
Pablo Picasso, Dice, Packet of Cigarettes, and Visiting-Card, 1914. Collage. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. © 2009 Estate of Gertrude Stein. Used with permission of Estate of Gertrude Stein. © 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Picasso and the Allure of Language

  • January 27, 2009–May 24, 2009
    Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • August 20, 2009–January 3, 2010
    Nasher Museum at Duke University, Durham, N.C.
Throughout his life, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) had close friendships with writers and an abiding interest in the written word. Building on the rich collection of artworks and materials at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Gertrude Stein Archives at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, this exhibition is the first to survey the relationship between art and literature, and painting and writing, in Picasso’s work. Displaying approximately 80 objects, the exhibition begins with an examination of Picasso’s early associations with writers such as Stein, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Max Jacob, and concludes with the postwar period.
Exhibition and publication organized by Susan Greenberg Fisher, the Horace W. Goldsmith Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Yale University Art Gallery. Made possible by an endowment created with a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional endowment support provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Ketcham Family Memorial Fund; George and Schatzie Lee Fund; Carol and Sol LeWitt Fund; Leah G. and Allan C. Rabinowitz, Yale College Class of 1954, Fund; and Edward Byron Smith, Jr., Family Fund; and with support provided by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

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