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image for Art Exhibition item typePICASSO: Ceramics from the Attenborough Collection

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Art Exhibition, Fri 28 Jul - Sun 5 Nov 2017


Centre of Ceramic Art

Centre of Ceramic Art


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. His work in clay is original and exciting, taking the form of plates, tiles, jugs and jars, all featuring his vibrant decoration.

Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, where there is a long tradition of painted earthenware pottery. He became interested in pottery as a child, but was aged 65 when he began his own exploration of clay. Picasso set aside his work in other mediums and concentrated almost exclusively on pottery during that period, seeing it as his return to the origins of art. He produced over 2,800 ceramic works.

Lord and Lady Attenborough began collecting ceramics by Picasso in 1954 and continued collecting for over 50 years, building one of the most significant private collections in the UK.

Highlights from the Attenborough Collection have been generously loaned to York Art Gallery by the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, by kind permission of the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough.

The exhibition is presented in the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA), surrounded by examples of ceramic work by more than 600 artists, including those key to the founding of the British Studio Ceramics movement.

Located in two stunning galleries framed by original architecture and flooded with natural light, CoCA showcases the most important ceramics in our collection, the artists who made them and the collectors who acquired them.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 28 Jul - Sun 5 Nov 2017 10:00 to 17:00


Included in the cost of gallery admission.

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