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Calder-Picasso to open at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in October 2021

Marisol Gallagher

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HOUSTON, TX - Calder-Picasso, an international touring exhibition between Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from October 31, 2021, through January 30, 2022, following presentations at the de Young museum in San Francisco and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

The exhibition presents an artistic relationship between 20th-century icons,
Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso constantly challenged orthodox concepts about form, line, and space.
Furthermore, the exhibition will focus on the artists’ exploration of void or the absence of space through 80 artworks, combining Calder’s paintings, drawings, and revolutionary mobiles and stabiles with Picasso’s creative work in every media.
This exhibition is conceived by the artists’ grandsons, Alexander S. C. Rower and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, also in partnership with the Calder Foundation, New York; Musée National Picasso-Paris and Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte.

Gary Tinterow, Director, the Margaret Alek Williams Chair, MFAH said that the exhibition will be especially meaningful in Houston and at the MFAH. "From director James Johnson Sweeney to patrons Ima Hogg, Sarah Campbell Blaffer, and Caroline Wiess Law, the Museum’s early champions of Modernism made it possible for significant pieces by both artists to enter the collection in the 1950s and 1960s." he continued.

Additionally, the exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, Calder-Picasso, authored by Alexander S. C. Rower, president of the Calder Foundation; Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, co-founder and co-president of the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Para El Arte (FABA); Laurent Le Bon, president of the Musée national Picasso, Paris; Claire Garnier and Émilia Philippot, curators and collections director at the Musée national Picasso, Paris. Other authors include Donatien Grau, Jed Perl, Jordana Mendelson, Estrella de Diego, Chus Martinez, and published by Editions Skira Paris.

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