Author(s): Florian Knothe
This catalogue accompanies the University Museum and Art Gallery's exhibition of "Picasso Ceramics" from the Nina Miller Collection, which provides a unique opportunity to study the sculptural qualities and three-dimensional aspect of Pablo Picasso's work, never before seen in Hong Kong. From World War II to the end of Picasso's life in 1973, the Spanish artist created thousands of carefully sculpted and, often, colourfully glazed, objects that give testimony to his artistic diversity, ingenuity and enormous creative powers.The exhibition includes more than 80 ceramic works, both Picasso's Madoura editions and unique individual pieces, as well as lithographs and posters designed by the artist, and images by renowned photographers depicting Picasso in his studio and home. As documented in the catalogue, the artist's ceramic oeuvre is not only interconnected with his paintings and wooden and bronze sculptures but an integral part of his expansive repertoire of cubist and abstract depictions. It offers insight into new as well as previously devised themes, as they broaden the understanding and heighten the appreciation of Picasso's artistic abilities and productivity.
Florian Knothe is director of the University Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Hong Kong.