Paris exhibition highlights Picasso's passion for distant cultures

PARIS (Reuters) - Pablo Picasso’s lifelong admiration for art from far-flung civilizations 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.

Reporting By Nathalie Kantaris Diaz; Writing by Marine Hass; Editing by Hugh Lawson