A Picasso Exhibit Makes U.S. Debut in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On Saturday a new exhibit opened at the KMAC Museum in Louisville called Picasso: From Antibes to Louisville. The showcase features originals from the influential 20th century artist, Pablo Picasso, and has never been seen before outside of Europe.

The exhibit is split into three sections. The first room features paintings and drawings from the Musee Picasso in Antibes, France.

“And they have never before left that museum. They were all largely gifts to the museum by Picasso, and they’ve been there ever since until they came to Louisville,” said Amy Parish, KMAC’s Associate Director of Marketing.

The second and third sections feature lithographs Picasso made from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, and ceramics are on display throughout the exhibit.

As one takes in each original Picasso, Parish points out that some works offer surprises like Picasso’s finger prints at the bottom.

“So not signed by Picasso, but we do have a different kind of signature there,” Parish said. 

The exhibit was brought to KMAC because of a personal connection the KMAC Museum’s Executive Director Aldy Milliken had with the director of the Musee Picasso in Antibes, France. 

“He exhibits Picasso works, and we exhibit contemporary art so we thought it would be an interesting parallel and interesting relationship between one of the most important artists in the 20th century, and how they influence contemporary artists today,” said Milliken.

Earlier in the week, a team including Milliken, installed the exhibit, which was shipped for free by UPS, an exhibit sponsor.

Each Picasso piece offers something unique for those who make the trip. The exhibit runs until March 22, 2020. The KMAC Museum is free; however, the Picasso exhibit costs $9 for adults. Children 17 and under, and students with an ID, are free. To purchase tickets and check hours, visit the exhibit’s website.