A major art exhibition is coming to the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2020, Picasso and Paper. It will focus on Picasso’s prolonged engagement with paper and his deep appreciation of the physical world and the desire to manipulate diverse materials. The show is organized in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Musée national Picasso-Paris.
Featuring nearly 300 works spanning the artist’s entire career, Picasso and Paper offers new insights into Picasso’s creative spirit and working methods. Nowhere is Picasso’s protean spirit more evident than in his relentless exploration of working on and with paper. He drew incessantly, using many different media—including watercolor, pastel, and gouache—on a broad range of papers. He assembled collages of cut-and-pasted papers; created sculptures from pieces of torn and burnt paper; produced both documentary photographs and manipulated photographs on paper; and spent decades investigating an array of printmaking techniques on paper supports.
Presented in a series of chronologically unfolding themes, the works are displayed together with closely related paintings and sculptures to provide a deeper context for understanding their meaning and historical position in Picasso’s art. The exhibition runs May 24 through August 23, 2020.