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Picasso Ceramist and the Mediterranean

IBERIAN SUITE: Exhibition: Picasso Ceramist and the Mediterranean

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - Sunday, March 22, 2015

IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

An exclusive U.S. exhibition, Picasso Ceramist and the Mediterranean is a curated, exceptional selection of more than 140 of Pablo Picasso's ceramic pieces that reveal how the prolific artist reshaped the very notions of how clay could be used.

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IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
Exhibition: Picasso Ceramist and the Mediterranean
March 4–22

Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(Last admission at 7:30 p.m.)
Atrium and Atrium Foyers

FREE, timed-entry tickets required: Free tickets may be reserved online, by phone, or at the box office. When ordering, visitors will be required to choose their hour of entry into the exhibition, with hourly slots beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending with final admission at 7:30 p.m. Ticketholders are encouraged to allow themselves enough time to explore the exhibition within their chosen hourly window. Estimated viewing time is 45 minutes.

Patron Note: Please review important details below when planning your visit.

Picasso Ceramist and the Mediterranean is a carefully curated, exceptional selection of more than 140 of Pablo Picasso's ceramic pieces that reveal how the prolific artist reshaped the very notions of how clay could be used. Reflecting the artist's strong attraction to Mediterranean colors, shapes, and mythological creatures, the exhibition is the first of its kind to be shown in the United States. During Picasso's long career, he explored many forms of visual art: painting, sculpture, lithography, etching, collage, stage and costume design, poetry, and ceramics. He initially experimented with clay in 1900, but it was during the years after World War II that he developed an intense interest in the medium. At the time, he lived in southern France, where clay deposits had been exploited since pre-Roman times. During his lifetime, he produced some 4,500 plates, vessels, and other ceramic creations.
This exhibition was originally presented in Aubagne, where it was conceived for Marseille-Provence 2013, the yearlong celebration of Marseille's reign as Cultural Capital of Europe. In 2014, the exhibition traveled to the National Museum of Ceramics in Sèvres, near Paris, where it was the most successful show in the museum's history. It is curated by Joséphine Matamoros and Bruno Gaudichon, and is made possible by the generous participation of private collectors.

Plan your visit:
Please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before your scheduled hour of entry to allow time for ticket pick-up and security check. Visitors must pre-check all prohibited items* in the free Hall of Nations Coat Check before heading upstairs to the exhibition. Using the Hall of States elevators, visitors will enter the exhibition from the States Gallery on the Roof Terrace level, pass through the Atrium and Atrium Foyers, and exit at the Nations Gallery. Elevators return you to the Hall of Nations and Coat Check. Please note that visitors will not be able to re-enter from the exit.

Recording devices (photo, video, audio, etc.) may be used in front of the entrance of the exhibition, but once brought inside, their use is prohibited. Additionally, there is no access to restrooms within the exhibition area. Restrooms are available in the States Gallery.

Consideration for Others
Although discussion in the Atrium and Foyers is encouraged, please keep voices respectfully low. The exhibition is a place for looking, reflection, and quiet discussion. Other visitors may wish to see the same piece that interests you. Please be aware of others waiting to view a particular work and be courteous about moving on promptly.

*We regret that we are unable to accommodate any items larger than 17 x 26 inches (43 x 66 cm) into the exhibition. Additional items not permitted include: food & drinks, large daypacks, backpacks, luggage, umbrellas, any sharp items such as knives (including pocket or "Swiss Army"–style knives), screwdrivers, scissors, firearms, pepper spray, and Mace. Visitors will need to pre-check any objects that are not allowed in the exhibition space at the free Coat Check located in the Hall of Nations.

Note: For questions regarding accessible accommodations for patrons with disabilities, please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 or 

Enhance Your Experience with Our eCatalog
Specially created for Picasso Ceramist and the Mediterranean and exclusively available in an enhanced digital format, our colorful electronic catalog offers an interactive, immersive journey through all aspects of the exhibition. More than 180 pages of rich text and information come alive with videos, audio content, photos, and other multimedia that will be added and updated throughout the festival. Beginning approximately March 1, our eCatalog can be purchased and downloaded directly online for $14.99 at (we will activate this link once it's available) or in person at the Kennedy Center Gift Shops via a card with a printed download code. Compatible with Android, iOS, and other systems, our eCatalog can be viewed on a smartphone, tablet, and any personal computer or device that supports a 300 MB file. Note: This enhanced eBook is not available for KindleTM.

Please Note: There is no free parking when attending free events. 

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