Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Large Still Life with Pedestal Table, Paris, March 11, 1931

Pablo Picasso, Large Still Life with Pedestal Table, Paris, March 11, 1931

The influence of African sculpture and masks on Picasso’s early work is well-known, and it is a relationship explored in a landmark exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Paintings and sculpture by Picasso are paired with an array of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century works from Africa and Oceania, as well as a number of early Iberian and pre-Columbian works. The exhibition examines the shifting of attitudes towards the colonial gaze, as well as perceptions of identity, aesthetics and culture globally.

From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present is at MMFA until 16 September 2018