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Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds

June 23–October 15, 2023

Western & Southern Galleries (Galleries 232 and 233)
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The year 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), perhaps the most innovative and influential artist of the 20th century. The Cincinnati Art Museum is celebrating his legacy with an unprecedented exhibition, the first to examine Picasso’s lifelong engagement with landscape. Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds brings to our galleries paintings and sculptures by the artist from some 25 public and private collections across the United States and Europe.

Picasso used landscape throughout his life to establish himself in new surroundings and to push forward into new styles of painting and sculpture. Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds traces the elemental role of place, environment, and interface between humanity and the natural world in his art. Through representations of landscape, Picasso advanced dialogues with key artists of the previous centuries, from Nicolas Poussin to Paul Cézanne, embedding himself within the European painting tradition, while insisting on a status apart.

Conceived by leading Picasso scholar Laurence Madeline, organized by the American Federation of Arts, and presented at The Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC) and the Cincinnati Art Museum, this is the first exhibition to comprehensively present Picasso’s fertile engagement with landscape over his 75-year career.


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Members Opening

Thursday, June 22, 2023, 5–7 p.m.


Lecture: Picasso. Landscape. Revolution. Laurence Madeline, Chief Curator for French National Heritage

Thursday, June 22, 2023, 7–8 p.m.


Art Together: Artmaking for Families with Children Ages 3-5

Saturday, July 8, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Family Studio: Artmaking for Families with Children Ages 6-12

Saturday, July 8, 1–2 p.m.


See the Story Book Club: Cooking with Picasso by Camille Aubray

Saturday, July 15, 2023, 11:30 a.m.


Choose Your Own Gallery Adventure: You Are a Millionaire

Saturday, August 12, 2023, 1 p.m.


Writing Workshop: Responding to Picasso’s Landscapes

Saturday, September 30, 2023, 1-3 p.m.


Create Plus: An Afternoon of Landscapes

Saturday, September 9, 2023, 1–4 p.m.


Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds

Laurence Madeline, with essays by Peter Jonathan Bell & Jacques Rancière
Published by American Federation of Arts & DelMonico Books•D.A.P.
9 3/4 x 11 inches, Hardcover, 144 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-63681-084-3

From Pablo Picasso’s earliest days in art school until the year before his death, landscape remained the prime genre through which he mediated his perception of the world and shaped his own creative evolution. Yet within Picasso’s vast oeuvre, landscapes have received the least scholarly attention. Written by guest curator Laurence Madeline with essays by Peter Jonathan Bell and Jacques Rancière, this exhibition catalogue helps to correct that oversight, presenting an enriching overview of Picasso’s lifelong work within the genre. Together, the authors address such topics as Picasso’s views on nature, encroaching industrialization, the artist’s relationship to the history of the European landscape tradition, and his final landscape painting.



This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts with guest curator Laurence Madeline and the exceptional support of the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

American Federation of Arts

Musee Picasso Paris


The exhibition is generously supported by Monique Schoen Warshaw. Additional support has been provided by Betsy S. Barbanell, Lee White Galvis, Clare E. McKeon, and Stephanie R. La Nasa. Support for the accompanying publication provided by Furthermore: a program of the J.M Kaplan Fund.


At the Cincinnati Art Museum, Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds is presented by:

Duke Energy


Organizing Sponsor:

Harold C. Schott Foundation



Generously supported by:

Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation 



Western & Southern Financial Group


Fort Washington Investment Advisors


Tourist Office of Spain

Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation


Picasso Celebration—1973.2023

50 exhibitions and events to celebrate Picasso

April 8, 2023, marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and thus the year will represent the celebration of his work and his artistic legacy in France, Spain, and internationally. The Picasso Celebration 1973–2023 is structured around some 50 exhibitions and events held in renowned cultural institutions in Europe and North America, which together draw up a historiographical survey of approaches to Picasso’s work.

The commemoration, accompanied by official celebrations in France and Spain, will make it possible to take stock of the research and interpretations of the artist’s work, especially during an important international symposium in autumn 2023, which also coincides with the opening of the Center for Picasso Studies in Paris. The Musée Picasso-Paris and the Spanish National Commission for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso are pleased to support this exceptional program.

ministere de la culture, liberte egalite fraternite    Gobierno De Espana, Ministerio De Cultura Y Deporte