Picasso: Man and Beast. The Vollard Suite of Prints

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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Minotaur Defeated by Youth in Arena, 29 May 1933. Etching on Montval laid paper. 33.8 x 44.6 cm (plate: 19.4 x 27 cm) National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (no. 7237) © Picasso Estate / SODRAC (2016) 

MAY 13-AUGUST 13, 2017

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Get ready for Manitoba’s first major showcase of work by Pablo Picasso in over 40 years. This summer, the WAG presents Picasso: Man and Beast and Picasso in Canada, two exhibitions highlighting the many sides of Picasso, who remains one of the greatest artists of all time.

Through his work, Picasso was instrumental in shaping the art of the 20th century. Although perhaps best known for his Cubist paintings, Picasso was also a skilled printmaker, exploring myriad ideas and influences in virtually every known technique from intaglio to lithography. The 100 etchings and drypoints in The Vollard Suite are collectively considered one of his printmaking masterworks, and constitute one of the treasures of the national collection. Acquired in 1957, the entire Suite is rarely displayed due to its fragility, and only a handful of the original complete sets remain in the world. Exploring the tension between man and beast that often characterized Picasso and his work, The Vollard Suite represents both the civilizing nature of art, and a provocative yet quintessential representation of Picasso’s “beast within.” The exhibition is brought to Winnipeg through the NGC@WAG partnership with the National Gallery of Canada.

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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Two Sculptors, Two Models, and Sculpture, 20 March 1933 Etching on Montval laid paper 34.1 x 43.9 cm (plate: 19.5 x 26.7 cm) National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (no. 7180) © Picasso Estate / SODRAC (2016) 

Related Programs & Events

Past Programs & Events

  • Picasso Members' Preview

    See the best of Picasso from collections across the country in Picasso in Canada, alongside Man and Beast. The Vollard Suite of Prints, featuring the artist's rarely displayed, masterpiece etchings and drypoints.

    Friday, May 12, 2017 from 7pm to 10pm

  • Film: Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of Genius

    Saturday, May 13, 2017 to Sunday, August 13, 2017

  • AGM of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

    Annual General Meeting of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

    Thursday June 22, 2017 at 6:30pm

  • The Great Scavenger Hunt: Picasso & the WAG Collection

    Bring your friends for a night of strategy and sleuthing in the galleries and enjoy drinks on the WAG rooftop.

    Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 8pm to 11pm


    The WAG’s signature dinner-and-tour program features a three-course, exhibition-inspired meal at TABLE Restaurant, on the Penthouse Level.

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 to Thursday, August 10, 2017

  • Winnipeg Festivals

    Find us at the festivals this summer for Roll-a-Picasso Portrait, a FREE art-making workshop for kids and families!

    Saturday, July 8, 2017 to Sunday, August 13, 2017

  • Members’ Day

    Join us for Members’ Day!

    Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 11am to 9pm

  • Talk: Christianity in Picasso’s Art

    This lecture will examine Pablo Picasso's use of Christian iconography, imagery, symbolism and meaning of some of his secular and religious paintings, a theme usually ignored and misunderstood by art critics and unknown to most people.

    Thursday July 13, 2017 at 7:30pm

  • Special Guided Tours

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 to Wednesday, August 9, 2017

  • Paint Party: Mix+Match Mini Paintings

    Try out a bunch of different painting styles!

    Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 7pm to 9:30pm

  • Summer Rooftop Pop-Ups

    New series of summer events on the WAG’s rooftop. Featuring games, mixology, movies, and more!

    Thursday, August 24, 2017 to Thursday, August 24, 2017

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