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A Barnsley museum is preparing to welcome ground-breaking artwork by Picasso.
The free exhibition featuring 17 original linocut prints will open at the town centre’s newly transformed Cooper Gallery on Saturday 21st January. It will be the first time the famous artist’s work has been displayed in Barnsley, and the first time these linocuts have visited Yorkshire.
Barnsley was chosen as one of only three places in the country to host the exhibition, which is on loan from the British Museum for its inaugural tour of the UK.
The artwork has already been on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool, and will go on to be shown in Coventry.
The exhibition pieces will include the iconic ‘Still Life under the Lamp’, and ‘Jacqueline Reading’, which depicts his wife and muse. Both prints were made in 1962, when Picasso was 80 years old.
The artist explored the technique of linocutting in the late 1950s and early 1960s, repeatedly cutting, printing and cleaning just one piece of lino to build up bold and often colourful images.
“Picasso is often referred to as the most influential and celebrated European artist of the 20th century so we are incredibly proud that these prestigious works will be on display here in Barnsley.
“The techniques he employed to create the prints were ground-breaking at the time and this is a fantastic opportunity for people from across Yorkshire to experience original artworks by a world-renowned artist right on their doorstep.”
The Cooper Gallery, which is run and operated by Barnsley Council on behalf of the Cooper Gallery Trustees, was transformed in the spring of 2016 to double its exhibition space.
‘Picasso Linocuts’ will run until April 29th, and a series of educational talks and activities are planned to take place alongside the display.
The exhibition has been developed in partnership with the British Museum and the Lady Lever Art Gallery, with support from the Dorset Foundation.
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Sir Patrick Stewart, who plays Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, says that the forthcoming Wolverine film is likely to be his last appearance in the franchise.
Filming is currently under way on The Wolverine sequel which is due for release in March next year. Speaking to our reporter Adam Fowler at the University of Huddersfield earlier, Sir Patrick said:
I would imagine this is probably the end of this franchise for me. But the thing about science fiction and fantasy is that you can never, ever say it's the end, it's over.
The as-yet-untitled Wolverine film will mark Sir Patrick Stewart's seventh appearance as the character (including cameos in the previous two films). Star Hugh Jackman has already said it will be his last outing in the titular role.
Sir Patrick went on to say that in this film, he will play a 'very different Charles Xavier... nothing like the Charles Xavier you've seen in the past'.