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January 22 – April 23, 2023

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Internationally famed for his paintings, sculpture, and graphics, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was long intrigued by ceramics. After seeing the works of the Madoura potters at a crafts fair in 1946, he asked Georges and Suzanne Ramie, who operated the studio, to provide him with the opportunity to work with ceramics. 

Over the years Picasso and the Madoura studio produced 633 different  plates, bowls, vases and pitchers, in limited editions ranging from 25 to 500.  Picasso’s involvement in producing the objects varied. Sometimes he made the clay molds used for designs, while other times he painted on plates or pitchers taken from the drying racks. Picasso and Madoura’s artisans then finished the prototypes and produced the editions. He kept virtually all of his own thrown pieces, most of which are now owned by his family or by museums.

The exhibition features 46 ceramic works—plates, vases and pitchers, including two original ceramic works by Picasso between the years 1947 and 1971. It also includes original posters from previous exhibitions and photo murals of Picasso at work at the Madoura pottery.

The exhibition features an essay and chronology of Picasso by Gerald Nordland, noted author and independent curator, and former Director of the San Francisco Art Museum, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Wight Gallery, UCLA, and the Washington (D.C.) Gallery of Modern Art.


Combining Art & Education Since 1948

RAM facilitates nationally and internationally recognized traveling exhibitions and rotating exhibits of works by local and regional artists. In addition to ongoing exhibitions, the museum offers classes for children and adults, lectures, opening receptions, children’s art camps, galas, free Saturday programming, and artist-led workshops. The museum offers facility rentals and a specialty gift shop featuring one-of-a-kind items created by local and regional artists. The state-of-the-art Museum meets national standards and has greatly contributed to cultural growth in the region. To celebrate 75 years of excellence, we are proud to be able to feature this fine and unique exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s pottery.

Picasso Guided Tours


Free guided tours of the Picasso exhibition, led by Assistant Curator Marti Corff, will be offered on the following dates:

January 22, January 29, February 12, February 19, March 5, March 12

No need to register.

Plates to Go with Picasso!

In collaboration with Arts on Main under the direction of Stephanie Payton.

Come join us at AOM to create clay plates like Picasso. These will be 2-hour workshops that will teach you how to use clay and talk about the firing process. You will decorate some plates and choose up to 3 to be fired and picked up at a later date.