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Picasso exhibit headed to Dali Museum

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Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

ST. PETERSBURG — An assortment of Pablo Picasso works is coming to the Salvador Dali Museum, museum officials announced Thursday night after weeks of speculation.

Picasso is widely considered the greatest artist of the Twentieth Century, so the exhibit, dubbed “Picasso / Dalí, Dalí / Picasso,” could be a big draw, even for locals who have tread on the museum’s iconic helical staircase more than a few times.

The announcement was made in New York City in conjunction with Museu Picasso, a collection of the artists’ works in Barcelona. The paintings, sketches, sculpture and prints will be on loan from over 25 museums and private collectors from across the globe.

“This Picasso exhibition offers the possibility of rereading the relationship between two key figures of twentieth-century art and exploring new interpretations of the period in which their lives and works intersected,” said Dalí Museum Director Hank Hine in a press release.

The two artists were contemporaries from the same country but not known to be close friends. They conducted a dialogue through their work, museum officials said.

“Surprisingly, this is a part of history that has not been told before. As this exhibition will show, their fertile rapport produced some outstanding and crucial artworks for modern times,” said Museu Picasso Director BernardoLaniado-Romero in a press release.

The announcement comes as an assortment of pop art pioneer Andy Warhol’s works currently hangs on the museum’s walls.

Museum officials say the Warhol exhibit, which is on loan from the Warhol Museum in Warhol’s hometown of Pittsburgh, has been a boon to the Dali. Given Picasso’s artistic reputation and popularity, they speculate they’ll draw even bigger crowds when the exhibit opens.

The Picasso exhibit will be on display from Nov. 8 of this year through March 19, 2015.

The Warhol exhibit closes April 27 of this year.

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