Pablo Picasso was the most influential artist of the first half of the twentieth century. That influence can still be felt around the world.
Picasso’s Oslo Mural
In 2011, a car bomb attack killed eight people and damaged two buildings in Oslo’s government quarter. One of the buildings was adorned with a mural that Picasso designed in collaboration with Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar in 1970.
The government of Norway has decided to remove the mural, along with a second mural in the lobby, demolish the buildings and move the murals to an alternate site.
News of the relocation was met by outcries from local, national and international opponents of the move. Curators from the Museum of Modern Art in New York wrote a letter to Norwegian officials asking them to reconsider the demolition plan, which they said “would not only constitute a significant loss of Norwegian architectural heritage, but it would also render any attempt to salvage or reposition Picasso’s site-specific murals elsewhere unfortunate.”
Many of those who oppose the removal of the murals, state that the buildings are an important piece of architectural history as well as symbols of social democracy. They argue that the bomber did not destroy the buildings and the government should not be the destructive force.
The government will store the murals and install The Fishermen in Einar Gerhardsens Plass, a town square in Oslo, in 2025.
Picasso Lithographs and Pottery at Surovek Gallery
In 1948, Picasso lived in Vallauris, a commune in the south of France. During the seven years that he stayed there, Picasso created many sculptures, pieces of pottery and paintings.
Picasso worked in many different medium, each in his distinct style. He worked with the Madoura studio in Vallauris for 24 years. More than 600 pieces were created during that time, in limited editions, all engraved with the Madoura stamp.
We have several beautifully crafted pottery pieces at Surovek Gallery that Picasso produced at the Galerie Madoura and linoleum cuts that he created around the same time.
Please contact us if you would like more information about the work of Pablo Picasso or any of the other fine artists whose works are available at Surovek Gallery.