Picasso, Bearden and fashion at the Mint Museum – Charlotte Post

Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Boisgeloup in the Rain, with Rainbow, May 5, 1932, oil on canvas.

The Mint Museum has big programming planned for 2023.

The Charlotte cultural fixture announced major exhibitions that include Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds, Bearden/ Picasso: Rhythms and Reverberations, Fashion Reimagined, as well as community-based featured activities, that Mint leaders will set new attendance records.

“2023 is anticipated to be a year of powerful art and opportunities for transformation at The Mint Museum,” President and CEO Todd Herman said. “We will be offering the first-ever museum exhibition in Charlotte dedicated to works by Pablo Picasso and the first chance for anyone in the world to see this particular exhibition. Beyond bringing this experience to the Queen City, we have multiple other exciting activities and exhibitions planned.”

“Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds” opens Feb. 11 and runs through May 21. The exhibition is part of “The Picasso Celebration 1973-2023,” which revolves around 50 exhibitions and events being held at cultural institutions in Europe and North America to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death.

The Mint, the lone East Coast museum to host the exhibit, is the only U.S. showing on April 8, the date of Picasso’s death.

The exhibition, which is organized by the American Federation of Arts with support of Musée national Picasso-Paris and curated by Laurence Madeline, chief curator for French National Heritage, is made up of 40 paintings spanning Picasso’s career.

The exhibition opens a window into Picasso’s creative process, from his earliest days in art school (1896 when he was 15 years old) to months before his death in 1973.
Tickets are $10 in addition to museum admission. Students in grades K-12 and art teachers are admitted free.

Advance tickets can be bought at mintmuseum.org/ticketing. 

Bearden and Picasso retrospective

In addition to the standalone Picasso exhibit, “Bearden/Picasso: Rhythms and Reverberations” runs concurrently at the Mint Museum Uptown. It is a showcase of the Charlotte-born Romare Bearden’s works displayed alongside one of his most important sources of inspiration.

The exhibition, curated by Jonathan Stuhlman, senior curator of American art at the Mint, examines the impact of Picasso and his artistic influences on Bearden’s work. The works are primarily drawn from the Mint’s collection of Bearden’s work, as well as pieces from private collections and other museum collections.

Bearden’s later collages and prints make up a large portion of the exhibit, nearly half of them will include rarely seen early paintings from the 1940s when he was in New York’s art scene while Picasso was frequently exhibiting there.   

Passion for fashion

“Fashion Reimagined: Themes and Variations 1760-NOW,” curated by Annie Carlano, senior curator of craft, design and fashion at The Mint Museum, is on view through July 2. The exhibition celebrates a half century of the Mint’s collection of fashion and design.

The ensembles span four centuries and are drawn from the Mint’s collection of historic and contemporary fashion. Through the lens of three distinct themes: minimalism, pattern and decoration, along with the body reimagined, 50 ensembles include bustled dresses and historic menswear along with contemporary fashion and haute couture.  
The Mint exhibition is free for members and children ages 4 and younger; $15 for adults; $10 for seniors ages 65 and older; $10 for college students with ID; and $6 for youth ages 5–17.

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