Here’s where to see the ‘Unseen Picasso’ exhibit (hint, it’s in Pasadena)

A small exhibit of rare or unique prints from Pablo Picasso opened Friday at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. It runs through Jan. 10.

Dubbed the “Unseen Picasso,” the 16 prints made between the 1930s and ’60s illustrate Pablo Picasso’s bold experiments, technically and stylistically, in the graphic arts, according to the museum.

“Unseen Picasso” is a small exhibition featuring 16 rare or unique prints by Pablo Picasso at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA. A guest views the exhibit on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2021. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

“Unseen Picasso” is a small exhibition featuring 16 rare or unique prints by Pablo Picasso at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA. Guests view “The Dove” 1949, at the exhibit on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2021. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

A current special exhibit is Paul Gauguin’s 1888 painting “The Swineherd,” on loan from Los Angeles County Museum of Art at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA. A guest views the exhibit on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2021. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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Though prints are usually produced in multiples, one-of-a-kind impressions are sometimes pulled in the course of a print run, according to the museum in a news release.

For most of his long career and life, Picasso (1881–1973) engaged in printmaking with a gusto and freedom of expression, per the news release. His prodigious facility in intaglio (etching, drypoint and aquatint), lithography and linocut inspired him to deconstruct and reinvent customary practices.

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Unseen Picasso examines a select group of iconic and lesser-known prints of enduring subjects from the artist’s repertoire, including his muses and the nude.

The exhibit is on view in the museum’s small exhibition gallery on the main level. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for ages 62 and older; free for children 18 and younger and students with valid ID. The Norton Simon Museum is at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.

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