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Richard Attenborough and John Florance
Richard Attenborough and John Florance

Picasso Ceramics

By John Florance
BBC Leicester's John Florance brings you a preview of a stunning new exhibition of Picasso ceramics on display in Leicester. Listen to his interview with Richard Attenborough who owns the collection...

Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection

  • The exhibition is being hosted by New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester.
  • From 16 June to 30 September 2007.
  • There are over 100 works on display, selected from Lord and Lady Attenborough's collection.
  • For more information phone 0116 2254900, email, or visit

Well, we've waited years for it but now it's finally opened I think it's going to exceed expectations. It certainly did mine!

Make no mistake, the exhibition of Picasso ceramics donated to the New Walk Museum by Richard Attenborough is a world class exhibition which will put Leicester on the international cultural map.

I know that Picasso isn't everyone's cup of tea, but these plates, pots, vases, jugs, tiles and medallions bring a breath of the Mediterranean to Leicester.

The colours are invigorating, the artistry stunning.

And the way the exhibits have been displayed reflects huge credit on the staff of the museum.

It's a light, airy exhibition, uncluttered and unpretentious. The stylish display cases allow you to walk round the exhibits allowing you to see them from all angles.

BBC Leicester's John Florance spoke to Lord Richard Attenborough about the collection and the story surrounding it...

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Talking to Lord Attenborough in the midst of his bequest was a real privilege.

He spoke about how he has started to collect Picasso in 1954 when he bought a small piece for the princely sum of £3!

Toro Bravo: Picasso
Toro Bravo, 29 March 1955

Since then the collection has grown into one of the world's most important.

As with everything he is interested in Lord Attenborough is passionate about Picasso and his work.

But he also was insistent that this is an exhibition to enjoy and not to be solemn about. As he said, a lot of the exhibits are very sexy and even a young child will enjoy the colours and shapes.

But this is also an emotional time for Lord Attenborough. The collection has been gifted to the City to commemorate the lives of his daughter, Jane and his granddaughter Lucy who perished together in the Asian Tsunami.

The exhibition, which is full of life and colour, is a fitting commemoration of two much loved people.

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