Vallauris celebrates Picasso's ceramic legacy

André Villers. Fiesta en Vallauris con los Merry Boys y Maya. 1955
André Villers. Fiesta en Vallauris con los Merry Boys y Maya. 1955
Impresión fotográfica en blanco y negro
Colección Musée Magnelli, musée de la céramique, Vallauris
© Sucesión Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2023.
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Musée Magnelli, Musée de la céramique-Vallauris, Francia
Place de la Libération
Vallauris, Francia

The Picasso Celebration 1973-2023, an initiative promoted by the Spanish and French governments that pays tribute to the Malaga-born artist on the 50th anniversary of his death, takes a step further in its official program and now dives into the years 1946-1971, when Picasso discovered the great potential offered by ceramics, during his stay in the city of Vallauris, in southeastern France.

The exhibition Shapes and Metamorphoses: Picasso's Ceramic Creation, open to the public from May 6 to October 30, now invites Picasso lovers to learn about the techniques used by the artist that led him to create between 3,500 and 4,000 works of pottery in Vallauris, in the Madoura workshop.

In 1946, Picasso met Suzanne and Georges Ramié, founders of this Madoura workshop, in this city in southeastern France, and began to collaborate with them a year later. The professional relationship and friendship that united them led them to turn this workshop into an important center for the production and creation of artistic ceramics in the region.

Although he already had some experience in the world of ceramics, it was in Vallauris where Picasso discovered the enormous creative potential offered by this ancient art and where he quickly learned to master the subtle modeling of clay.

During the 25 years that Picasso was in Vallauris, he created more than 3,500 works of pottery, many of which were donated to the town, such as vases, deadlines, cups and other objects.

Picasso contributed to the development of the pottery industry in the region and served as a source of inspiration for many other artists, who moved to Vallauris to follow in his footsteps and learn from his knowledge.  

The exhibition Shapes and Metamorphoses: Picasso's ceramic creation is structured in three parts: Sources, Explorations and Dialogue with Suzanne Ramié. Sources will encourage visitors to observe how Picasso appropriated ancestral forms and iconographies to reinterpret the history of ceramics, while Explorations will address the possibilities of transforming the object through modeling and decoration. Finally, Dialogue with Suzanne Ramié will reveal the professional and personal relationship between Picasso and Suzanne Ramié.