Traveling Picasso exhibition will make its debut at Mint Museum

CHARLOTTE — The Mint Museum is set to be the first and only venue on the East Coast to feature a major traveling exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts.

“Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds” will make its debut at the Mint Museum Uptown in February 2023.

Comprising approximately 45 paintings spanning Pablo Picasso’s full career, “Out of Bounds” is the first traveling exhibition to explore the scope of the artist’s lifelong innovations in the landscape tradition.

The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death.

The Mint is the first of only three venues in the United States to host the exhibition.

The grouping of works in the exhibition, from both private collections and international museums, offers visitors a window into the artist’s creative process, from his earliest days in art school (1896 when the artist was just 15 years old) to months before his passing in 1973.

“This is the first time these Picasso paintings will be seen together and the first time an exhibition of this magnitude will be held at The Mint Museum,” the museum’s president and CEO Todd Herman, Ph.D., said in a news release.

“We also recognize the enormous opportunity to collaborate with other local arts organizations and artists to take the magic and energy around this exhibition beyond the walls of The Mint Museum,” Herman added.

The Charlotte Symphony, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Theater Charlotte, JazzArts Charlotte, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and Charlotte Ballet will work with the Mint to create a multilayered experience of innovative programming.

The museum plans to host free school group tours in conjunction with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, in addition to numerous free community days at the museum.

A special component to the Mint’s iteration of the exhibition is “Bearden/Picasso: Rhythms and Reverberations,” which examines the impact of Picasso and his artistic influences on Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden’s work. The works in “Rhythms and Reverberations” will be drawn from the Mint’s deep holdings of Bearden’s work, as well as from private collections and selected museum collections.

“Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds” will be on view at the Mint Museum Uptown from Feb. 11 – May 21, 2023. Admission will be free for grades K-12, $10 for members, $25 for adults, $20 for seniors ages 65 and older and college students with proper ID.

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