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1.2.2018 - 27.5.2018

With more than 160 pieces this is the first major exhibition in Scandinavia to focus on a late, fortunate and highly imaginative part of Picasso's work. One of the top exhibitions to see for 2018, according to the New York Times, this presentation of Picasso's original ceramics marks the beginning of Louisiana's 60th anniversary year.

In the summer of 1946 Picasso sojourns at Golfe-Juan in the south of France and attends a ceramics exhibition in Vallauris, an area well known for its many ceramic workshops. This experience is a turning-point for Picasso, who throughout his life sought new artistic challenges in all possible kinds of materials. Picasso immediately starts experimenting with ceramic materials, oxides and glazes, and the ceramic processes and techniques – especially the unpredictable elements in the actual firing process, mainly because the colours are so difficult to control – clearly presents him with a rich and interesting new challenge.

In 1948 Picasso forms a steady engagement with the Madoura workshop and decideds to move per­ma­nently to the south of France. There – alongside his paintings, drawings, sculptures and graphic works – he produces about 4000 cera­mic objects. Some involve the painting and reworking of plates, jugs and dishes that have already gone into production at the Madoura pottery, others are more scul­p­tural figures – animals, fauns and female figures that grow out of Picasso’s imagination as the wet clay takes form.

The exhibition has been generously supported by Musée national Picasso-Paris.

The exhibition is supported by the Augustinus Foundation.

Woman-faced Owl (Carnival Couple), 1951 - 27 FEB 1953
Musée national Picasso-Paris

Head of a Woman,
29 JAN 1953
Musée national Picasso-Paris

Round Plate with an Eye and Bulls, 20 MAY 1957
Musée national Picasso-Paris

Man in a Suit, 1953
Private Collection 

Head of a Goat, 1956
Private Collection

Shapes and materials

Askos? Bourrache? 
Zoomorphic? Read about the different methods and shapes, that Picasso used in his ceramic works.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a very productive artist, who put his mark on 20th century art. This biography gives you an overview of his life and work.

Louisiana and Picasso

Over the years Louisiana has presented several exhibitions focusing on special periods or themes in his oeuvre. This has been made possible due to an excellent collaboration with the Picasso family, and it is with strong support from the family as well as the Picasso museums in Paris, Antibes and Barcelona that it has been possible to gather and assemble a broad, thematic selection of the artist’s ceramic production from the years 1947-1964.

Past exhibitions at Louisiana: Louisiana On Paper; Picasso before Picasso in 2016, Picasso: Peace and Freedom in 2011, Picasso and the Mediterranean in 1996-97, Picasso 1960-1973 in 1988-89, Picasso in 1981 og Picasso in 1968.