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News release - Issued by York Art Gallery

PICASSO: Ceramics from the Attenborough Collection

A major new exhibition at York Art Gallery
28 July 2017- 5 November 2017

See the extraordinary ceramic works of Pablo Picasso as York Art Gallery presents highlights from the most significant private collection in the UK for the upcoming exhibition PICASSO: Ceramics from the Attenborough Collection.

Born in Malaga, Spain, Picasso had always taken an interest in earthenware but it wasn’t until 1946, at the age of 65, that he dedicated his work exclusively to ceramics, seeing it as his return to the origins of art. He produced over 2800 pieces in total.

Lord and Lady Attenborough began acquiring his work in 1954 and continued to do so for over 50 years, creating the most important and celebrated Picasso collection in the UK. Highlights from this collection, featuring Picasso’s unique and final masterpieces, will be presented in the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) surrounded by examples of ceramic work by British artists working during the 20th century.

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.


Notes to Editors:

York Art Gallery Opening Times:
23 September onwards

Monday- Sunday: 10am-5pm.
Last admission: 4:30pm
Closed: 25, 26 December and 1 January


YMT Card Holder FREE
Adult (with 10% Gift Aid Donation) £7.50
Adult (without donation) £6.81
Child (16 and under) FREE with a paying adult
Access Day Ticket £4.00

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