Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney
On view through May 10, 2020
Museum of Fine Arts
St. Petersburg, Florida

The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts is noted for its holdings of works by major painters who also designed for the stage, including Henri Matisse, Giorgio de Chirico, Natalia Goncharova, Pablo Picasso, Louise Nevelson, David Hockney, Robert Indiana, and Lesley Dill. The exhibition features over 100 studies for scene, costume, curtain, and program designs, as well as maquettes and costumes by noted artists from the nineteenth century to the present day. From the sumptuous productions of the Ballets Russes, to the riotous spectacle of avant-garde theatre, to Robert Indiana’s Pop vision for an American opera, “Art of the Stage” seductively reflects the grand history of Western art from the vantage point of the stage.
During the run of this exhibition, the MFA will be collaborating with local and national performing arts organizations, and the museum’s galleries will be animated with dance, music, theater, and opera performances. “Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney” is organized by the McNay Art Museum.

Image credits: Alexandra Exter, Costume design for Salomé in Salomé, 1917