Picture of the Week; Exhibitions

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Picture of the Week; Exhibitions


Jacqueline with a Headband / Large Head of a Woman (1962) by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Picasso transformed the art of linocut through a great series of prints, among his most impressive later works in any medium, begun in the late 1950s.

Working with the printer Hidalgo Arnera, he evolved a method that used a single block rather than several per print and was known as the 'cut and come again' method. In it, the block is gradually reduced and the colours are over-printed at successive stages of the cutting of the same block.

Picasso had married Jacqueline Rocque in 1961. His portraits of her, including this one, are notable for their power and character. This series of head studies draws upon the dynamics of Cubism in Picasso's earlier works and creates a sense of tension between our perception of a three-dimensional object and our knowledge of the flat surface of the image.

As part of Museums and Galleries Month 2000, the entire contents of the Print Room is being made accessible to visitors until May 31, Tue-Sat 11am-1pm/2pm-4pm. Visitors should report to the reception desk in the Round Room.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 0121 303 2834: Victorian Watercolours. Highlights from the museum's extensive collections, including later works by Cox, Ruskin, Holman Hunt and Burne Jones. Until May 31; Connecting Threads. Ambitious survey of textiles and costumes from the museum's collections, spanning different centuries and cultures. Until June 25 (also incorporating displays at Soho House, Aston Hall, Sarehole Mill and Museum of the Jewellery Quarter until Sep 17) (Mon-Thu/Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12.30pm-5pm) Gas Hall: Kingdom of the Soul: German Symbolist Art 1870-1920. The only showing in Britain of a major international exhibition, also showing in Frankfurt and Stockholm, devoted to a period of German art little known here. This is turn-of-the-centiury symbolism with a German accent, highly romantic, sometimes morbid and often erotic images from artists ranging from Arnold Bocklin to the little known Hans Thoma, Ludwig Van Hoffmann and Hans von Marees. Until July 30 (Mon-Thu/Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12.30pm-5pm. Admission pounds 5 (pounds 3.50) family pounds 14).

Ikon Gallery, Brindleyplace 0121 248 0708: Lyndal Jones: demonstrations and details from the facts of life. …

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