Ceramics & Works on Paper

Opening: 3 Aug 2024

3 Aug 2024 – 8 Sep 2024

Regular hours

11:00 – 18:30
11:00 – 18:30

Free admission

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MARUANI MERCIER is pleased to present ceramics and works on paper that underscore Pablo Picasso's remarkable multidisciplinary prowess and innovation.


He first experimented with ceramics in the mid-1940s after encountering the works of the Madoura ceramic workshop, owned by Suzanne and Georges Ramié. Entranced by the medium's malleability and the firing process, Picasso struck a deal with the Ramiés, granting them permission to produce and sell editions of his ceramic works. His playful and expressive approach breathed life into these objects, paving the way for clay to be recognized as a legitimate art form. The ceramics presented in the exhibition are comprised of vessels and plates that delve into familiar themes from Picasso's earlier oeuvre, including animals, acrobats, bullfights, and mythological figures. The strength of Picasso's drawings lies in their spontaneity, offering a direct glimpse into the artist's creative process and inner thoughts. He utilized drawing as a tool to organize his thoughts, jot down his concepts, and tackle visual challenges. For him, drawing wasn't just a step in his creative process; it held significance as a finished artwork.

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