'Picasso. Figures' making sole U.S. appearance in 2021 at Nashville’s Frist Art Museum

Picasso exhibit arrives at Frist Art Museum
Posted at 7:06 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 22:02:00-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Featuring paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by masterful artist Pablo Picasso, Picasso. Figures is making its sole U.S. appearance at the Frist Art Museum.

"They wanted to go somewhere where people would appreciate it, where there would be numbers of people who come in and come away with a new understanding a new love for the art that they see," said Mark Scala, chief curator at the museum.

Picasso. Figures is a brand new exhibit put together by the curators at the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

It offers an in-depth look at Picasso’s career-long fascination with the human body.

"The thing that really drove Picasso in a lot of his work and ideas was the subject of the human body," Scala said.

The works in Picasso. Figures range from geometric abstractions of the body to depictions of family, friends, and lovers.

"I've always admired Picasso, loved Picasso, but I don't really feel like I've gotten to know him in the past like I do now... You [come to] understand the person behind the painting," Scala said about the exhibit.

The Frist requires all museum guests to buy a timed ticket in advance due to COVID-19 capacity rules.

"You can come and have a great cultural experience by yourself or with your family, and be separated from other people," Scala said.

The exhibit is on display in the Ingram Gallery from February 5 through May 2. It will travel next to Quebec.