Picasso Minute Takes to the Airwaves Throughout Virginia

Picasso Minute, a 25 part series of 60 second segments began broadcasts in Virginia on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 on 37 radio stations throughout the Commonwealth. The subject of the episodes or spots is Pablo Picasso (1881—1973), his life and prolific artistic career. Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris was on loan through May 15 to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. The town house mansion–museum, located in the Marais section of la ville lumière, is being renovated.

Ginger Levit, who broadcasts Virginia Arts Report, Black History Lives, Virginia Women and Richmond Symphony Previews on the Virginia NPR stations and the VNN, has researched, written and narrated the segments. Picasso Minute was made possible by the Family Institute of Virginia, which provides the highest professional care to individuals, families and firms. The counseling service is located at 2910 Monument Avenue in Richmond.

Picasso, known as the founder of modern art and the Rembrandt of the Twentieth Century, had a complicated life, which is often reflected in paintings that are difficult to decipher.

Each Picasso Minute focuses on such movements as the Blue and Rose periods, African influences, Classicism, Cubism and Surrealism. His life reads like a novel with his bevy of wives and mistresses and the bohemian milieu of artists, writers and other intellectuals who gathered together to exchange creative ideas in Paris and Barcelona. 176 works of art at the VMFA—paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and ceramics tell the complete story.

To listen to the Picasso Minute 60 second segments narrated by Ginger Levit, select titles from the playlist on the right.