The Gibbes Museum of Art’s Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Olivier Picasso

Olivier Widmaier Picasso. Image by Lyon Heart Studio

Grandson of Pablo Picasso to speak about his life’s work

CHARLESTON, S.C., August 7, 2017 – The Gibbes Museum of Art announced today that Olivier Widmaier Picasso, renowned author, producer, and grandson of Pablo Picasso, will be the featured speaker at the museum’s annual Distinguished Lecture Series on November 9, 2017. The lecture is scheduled to take place at Charleston’s historic College of Charleston Sottile Theater and will be followed by a book signing.

“We are honored to host the talented Olivier Picasso in Charleston this fall,” said Angela Mack, the Gibbes Museum of Art’s executive director. “Through his work, Olivier Picasso has provided a magnificent glimpse into the life of his grandfather that would otherwise been a mystery to the art world.”

Olivier Widmaier Picasso was born to Pierre Widmaier, a Navy officer, and Maya Picasso, daughter of Pablo Picasso and Marie-Therese Walter. His 2013 biography, Picasso, Portrait intime, includes interviews and testimonies from people closest to the artist when he was alive as well as extensive archival materials and family photographs. Olivier Picasso was notably involved in the 2016 Sotheby’s promotion of Femme Assise, which sold for a record-breaking $63.7 million. He is Chevalier (2011) and Officier (2016) des Arts et des Lettres, both awarded by the French Government.

Event Details:
• Gibbes Museum of Art Distinguished Lecture Series Featuring Olivier Picasso
• Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 6:00PM
• College of Charleston Sottile Theater, 44 George St., Charleston, S.C. 29401
• $50 Members | $60 Non-Members | $15 Students with valid ID
• Tickets may be purchased by visiting or by calling 843-722-2706 x221.

About the Distinguished Lecture Series
Founded with the generous support of Gibbes Board member and philanthropist Esther Ferguson, the Distinguished Lecture Series brings engaging, world-renowned artists, art collectors, museum leaders, philanthropists, and art historians to Charleston to stimulate public discussion about creativity and the visual arts. Previous speakers have included environmental artist Christo, Leonard A. Lauder, cosmetics tycoon and philanthropists, architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, Philippe de Montebello, director-emeritus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and legendary contemporary American artist Jeff Koons.

About the Gibbes Museum of Art
Home to the Carolina Art Association, established in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art is recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Housing one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present, the museum’s mission is to enhance lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy, and to be inspired by the creative process. For more information, visit


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