‘Picasso Black And White’ Exhibit Opens At MFAH

The art exhibit "Picasso Black and White" opened this week at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts, one month after the end of its premiere at New York's Guggenheim Museum. Some of the art has never been exhibited before.

“Picasso Black and White” features almost 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures by Picasso, arguably one of the most innovative and influential artists of the 20th century.

Gary Tinterow, director of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, says the exhibit is one of its kind.

“ … because so much of it is private work, non-commercial, little-known and in some instances unexhibited exploratory pieces in which Picasso forged his succession of path-breaking styles.”

Pieces on display come from major museums around the world and from Texas, including the Museum of Fine Arts’ own collection. About 30 percent of the show is from the artist’s personal collection and loaned by the Picasso family.

The chronological exhibit begins with Picasso’s so-called “Blue Period” in 1904 and takes viewers through the artist’s career to his last great erotically charged paintings in the late 1960s.

Alison de Lima Greene is the museum’s curator of modern and contemporary art. She says Picasso’s black and white compositions provide the most accurate picture of his understanding of art.

“I think you’ll be challenged and engaged at an intimate level of what made Picasso tick, what made Picasso special, [and] why is he still regarded as the most important artist of the 20th century.”

“Picasso Black and White” will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts through May 27.