The Frist Art Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting an incredible art exhibit straight from France.
From Feb. 5 through May 2, Picasso. Figures will feature 75 paintings, works on paper and sculptures focused on the human figure.
“For many years, we have been looking for a Picasso show of this caliber, and we are thrilled that during our 20th anniversary we will be able to share this astonishing collection with our city and everyone who will travel to see it,” said Susan H. Edwards, Frist Art Museum director and CEO.
On loan from the Musee National Picasso-Paris, the exhibition showcases Picasso's unique take on the human body through geometric abstract art. Many subjects in the works include portraits of friends, family members, wives, mistresses, and models.
"Viewers will see how, as Picasso continuously deconstructed and then remade the body, he was also recasting the history of figuration as a combination of his own psychological view of humanity and observations about the disruptive nature of life in the 20th century," said Frist Art Museum chief curator Mark Scala, in a statement.
For families interested Martin ArtQuest Gallery activities during this time, kids can enjoy special “cubist” nature blocks on the spatial exploration station along with a selection of books about Picasso that could be used for a reading list. Check out this FristKids Activity Page exploring “mood in art” and Picasso's unique style through a video and printable PDF.
It's important to note that the museum has changed its hours and ticketing to ensure proper social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Admission to the museum is free to members and guests under 18, $15 for adults, $10 for seniors over 65, and $8 for military personnel with ID.