Media Release: for release Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 3 p.m. CST
Saskatoon —Philanthropist and European printmaking specialist Frederick Mulder today announced, on behalf of the U.K.-based Frederick Mulder Foundation, the gift of an important collection of ceramics, made by Pablo Picasso, to the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan.
The 23 works, including ceramic plates, tiles, vessels, vases and sculptures, are valued at $500,000. The pottery collection enhances an already exceptional collection of 406 linocuts by Picasso, assembled by Mulder and subsequently purchased by the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation and donated to the Gallery in 2012.
“We are delighted to receive this important gift and applaud Frederick Mulder for his generosity and belief in the vision for Remai Modern,” said Executive Director & CEO Gregory Burke. “The gift builds on our holdings of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and will enhance our ability to interpret and present significant aspects of Picasso’s artistic practice. The gift is broad in range, while several ceramics are thematically connected to the linocuts. Altogether, they make for a comprehensive collection that will excite visitors, students and researchers when Remai Modern opens.”
Frederick Mulder said: “I am delighted to present these Picasso ceramics to the Remai Modern, and to know that the residents of Saskatoon and well beyond will be able to enjoy these innovative and playful aspects of Picasso’s work. They will serve as a wonderful bridge between the highly important Picasso linocut collection in the Remai Modern, and the tradition of Saskatchewan art ceramics. I loved growing up in Saskatchewan, and I count myself lucky to be able to give something back to the city and the province that gave so much to me.”
The ceramics will be exhibited in a gallery dedicated to Picasso and works of international modernity at Remai Modern, Burke said. The new gallery, under construction at Saskatoon’s River Landing, is scheduled to open in 2016.
About Frederick Mulder
Mulder grew up in Eston, Saskatchewan. He is one of the world’s experts in 19th- and 20th-century European printmaking, including the work of Pablo Picasso. He is Director of Frederick Mulder Ltd., a firm dealing in European printmaking 1470-1970. He chairs the Frederick Mulder Foundation, which supports social change projects and the arts. He is also founder of The Funding Network, a UK-based organization that arranges live, crowd-funding events in aid of social change projects. Winner of the Judges’ Special Beacon Fellowship Prize in 2004, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen in 2012.
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Application deadline: June 1, 2013
Entry Fee: 32.45 (25 Euro)
Show Date: July 6–August 31
Small Art Objects is a fund raising undertaking sponsored by A.I.R. Vallauris and consists of a competition, involving the creation of small art objects, their exhibition and sale. A call for entries is communicated to solicit artist participation from all over the world. Small art objects can be made from any material, but are restricted in size to 15 cm x 15 cm x 15 x cm (6 inches x 6 inches x 6 inches). Creations must also be consistent with the theme determined for the undertaking. Timing for this exercise is co-incident with the Fete Picasso, a popular celebration that takes place annually in Vallauris in honour of its most famous artist in residence. From 1946 and for 10 years, Picasso discovered ceramics with a passion in Vallauris. Coincidentally, Vallauris was already thriving economically with traditional pottery and was a lively and rich cultural environment, enhanced by the presence of Baud, Capron, Derval, Eluard, Picault and Ramié.
Picasso’ s arrival in Vallauris stimulated an artistic effervescence, prompting the influx of numerous artists and intellectuals at that time such as Aragon, Brassaï, Cocteau and Prévert, who came to visit Picasso in his studio. Corridas as well as Picasso’s birthday parties were organized and celebrated in his honour by the town’s population. The “Picasso Effect” was equally evident in the development of the arts. Several painters and sculptors, among them Chagall, Matisse and Brauner followed Picasso into studios in Vallauris. Many ceramists: les Argonautes, Baudard, Collet, Crociani, Gerbino, Gourju, Kostanda, Perot, Raty, Roy, Thiry, Valentin, Volkoff, le Tryptique (Del Pierre, Dialto, Portanier), also worked and created during this same period and were encouraged and entranced by the active artistic ferment.