Last day for Picasso exhibit at Duke's Nasher museum

Posted January 3, 2010 10:16 a.m. EST

— Sunday is the last day to see paintings, sketches and other works by Pablo Picasso at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

The Nasher museum will stay open from noon to midnight.

“Picasso and the Allure of Language” includes 60 works created by Picasso between 1900 and 1969, four years before his death at age 91. The Nasher Museum is the only traveling venue for the exhibition, made of works held by Yale University and the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection in Dallas.

The exhibit focuses on Picasso’s life after moving from his native Spain to the bohemian Montmartre section of Paris in 1904. There, he formed friendships with important French writers and poets. In 1905, Picasso met Gertrude Stein, the expatriate American writer who became his principal patron until 1914.

“We can learn a lot from the intellectual and artistic exchanges between Picasso and some of the greatest thinkers of his day,” Kimberly Rorschach, the James H. and Mary D.B.T. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum, said in a statement.

Also showing are works by fellow artist Georges Braque and photographs, letters, manuscripts and book projects by a diverse group of artists and writers. The exhibition will be complemented by “Africa and Picasso,” a small exhibition inspired
by Picasso’s own collection of African art.