NY museum honors its Picasso trove in new exhibit

Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:50pm EDT
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By Basil Katz

NEW YORK (Reuters) - By staging a large retrospective of his works, a new exhibition will test the golden rule of art lovers and museum goers: Pablo Picasso never gets old.

"Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)," which opens on April 27, aims to reveal hidden details about his works.

The show will present 300 of the prolific Spanish artist's paintings, sculptures, drawings and ceramics. Organized chronologically, it is an overview of Picasso's entire career, from the harlequins of his Blue and Rose periods, to later Cubist paintings and colorful linoleum cuts.

"Why Picasso, why now?" asked the show's curator and Picasso expert Gary Tinterow at a preview of the exhibit.

Partly, he said, it was to showcase the museum's collection, composed mostly of works given by donors over the years.

But researchers quintupled their efforts and exposed the works to an almost unprecedented level of scrutiny, he added.

Several paintings revealed hidden and until now unknown pasts by use of infrared reflectography and radiography which allow researchers to peel back the layers of a canvas' history.

The 1906 painting "La Coiffure" revealed three full, completed paintings beneath the current image of a woman staring into a hand mirror while her hair is braided.   Continued...

<p>Pablo Picasso's 1938 oil painting "Man with a Lollipop" is seen during a media preview of 300 works by Picasso at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York April 19, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>