"Picasso: Masterpieces From the Musée National Picasso" Opens at Seattle Art Museum

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SEATTLE (AP).- A traveling exhibition of essential works from Pablo Picasso’s personal collection is making its U.S. debut this week. “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” will include paintings, drawings, sculptures and etchings by the artist and serves as a retrospective covering each notable artistic period of his eight-decade career. Alex Nyerges, director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the tour’s second U.S. stop, said that Picasso’s personal collection contained works the artist consciously chose to shape his artistic legacy, “and he was not a modest man.” The touring exhibit was made possible because the Paris museum is undergoing a $28 million renovation that won’t be complete until 2012. U.S. showings will take place Friday through Jan. 17 at the Seattle Art Museum; Feb. 19 through May 15 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and June 11 through Sept. 18 at the Fine Arts Museums