Picasso at Play

Picasso Exhibition at Cumnock’s Baird Institute

‘Picasso at Play’ an exhibition in two parts – included a collection of 28 photographs of Picasso at work and with his family and his many friends from the art world, it also featured three original works.  The exhibition of original photographs was drawn from the Lee Miller Archives at Farley Arts Trust. Many of them were taken by renowned photographers, Lee Miller and Roland Penrose; American and British Surrealist photographers, who were close friends of Picasso.  The photographs provide a fascinating glimpse into his personality, his fondness for play and an insight into the process involved in creating some of his famous work.

Preview Evening 22 April


The exhibition also featured three original works by Picasso, on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland: Bacchanal [Bacchanal], 1959, Homme et Femme [Man and Woman] 1967 and La Mort de Marat [The Death of Marat] 1934.  All from the later part of Picasso’s career, these works demonstrated his versatility through a variety of mediums: printmaking, linocut and drawing. The work also illustratesd his radical approach, depicting his personal feelings as well as the external world, through expressions of violence, fantasy and humour.


East Ayrshire Leisure was delighted to host an exhibition celebrating the life and work of such a giant of the art world. The photography, because of it's personal and intimate nature was an accessible means of gaining insight to Picasso and his complex, larger than life character. It was also an amazing opportunity to see original works, from this well-known and respected artist.


Additional Events

A free family in June attracted local youngsters and families to view the exhibition and take part in creative workshops based on the work on display. The youngsters created dancing mobiles, relief prints and tried on hats and masks inspired by the image above 'Picasso wearing hat and mask'.


Local primary schools, including Greenmill PS (above) also visited the exhibition - exploring the museum's collections and discussing the work on display.


Image Credit

Image: Picasso wearing hat and mask: Villa la Californie, France, 1957, by Lee Miller @Lee Miller Archive, England 2009.