Paris exhibition highlights Picasso's passion for distant cultures

The artist's lifelong admiration for artworks from distant civilisations comes to light in a new exhibition featuring pieces from his own collection.
A visitor looks at the 'The Kiss' painting at the 'Picasso Primitif' exhibition in Paris on March 27, 2017.
A visitor looks at the 'The Kiss' painting at the 'Picasso Primitif' exhibition in Paris on March 27, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

PARIS (REUTERS) - Pablo Picasso's lifelong admiration for art from far-flung civilisations comes to light in a new Paris exhibition featuring such pieces from the artist's collection as well as his own sketches, sculptures and paintings inspired by them.

Entitled "Picasso Primitif", the exhibition aims to show "a comparative view of his works with those of non-Western artists"from Africa, Oceania, the Americas and Asia, according to the Quai de Branly museum.

Items on display include Picasso's "Women's Head" painting, where the subject's prominent forehead, teeth and hole in lieu of cheeks are reminiscent of an anthropomorphic mask from Ivory Coast, while a 1919 striped hexagonal-shaped mask by him appears to give a modern twist to such traditional African pieces.

"Picasso Primitif" runs from Tuesday until July.