The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is proud to announce the opening of an important and rare Picasso exhibition. Five years in the making, In the Master’s Hands: Picasso’s Ceramics, Treasures from the Estate of Pablo Picasso features more than 30 unique ceramic objects by the legendary 20th century artist. The exhibition will be on view from May 25, 2007 through January 14, 2008. Just as famed artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) revolutionized painting at the turn of the 20th century through Cubism and sculpture in the 1920s and 1930s, he also transformed another art form: ceramics. Picasso created many of his masterpieces in the South of France and for more than two decades, beginning in the late 1940s, he pursued an intense artistic exploration with ceramics at Madoura, a celebrated workshop in Vallauris, a town known for its ceramic tradition since Roman times. Through the generous cooperation of Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, grandson of the artist and world-renowned expert on his ceramics, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art presents this unprecedented and intimate exhibition. Mr. Ruiz-Picasso has remarked about his grandfather’s ceramics, "I think that pottery, for Picasso, was one way of bearing witness to his belief that the creative act is something to be worked on, pursued, constructed, in order to open the doors of thought. In this, the history of art is no different from all the other histories of man or from human evolution itself."