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Picasso: The Saltimbanques

December 14, 1980 – March 15, 1981
East Building, Mezzanine, Northwest, Pod II (3,000 sq. ft.)

Installation view of Picasso: The Saltimbanques, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives


This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 41 paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and documents, relating to Picasso's Family of Saltimbanques in the Chester Dale collection and to the theme of vagabond performers, marked the centennial of Pablo Picasso's birth.

Organization: The works were assembled by E.A. Carmean Jr., curator of 20th-century art. Research by Ann Hoenigswald of the conservation department detected 2 other circus compositions beneath the surface of Family of Saltimbanques. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition and Gordon Anson designed the lighting.

Attendance: 137,362

Catalog: Picasso: The Saltimbanques, by E.A. Carmean Jr. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1980.

Picasso, Pablo
Spanish, 1881 - 1973

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