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Hotels offer packages associated with Picasso exhibit

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A major Picasso exhibition — 176 works from the artist’s personal collection — will help the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts mark its 75th anniversary.

Tourism and hotel officials hope that the exhibition will be a major draw to the state’s capital city.

The museum, which reopened last year after a major expansion, will host “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” from Feb. 19 to May 15. Richmond is the only East Coast venue among three U.S. stops in the exhibition’s seven-city international tour.

Several Richmond hotels will offer overnight packages ranging from $109 to $265, which include two tickets to the exhibition. Linden Row Inn, for example, offers a mid-priced package, $179, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine along with exhibition tickets and the inn’s other amenities.

Picasso is considered the most influential artist of the 20th century. The exhibition includes examples of almost every medium in which he worked — oil on canvas and panel; cast bronze; carved wood; assemblages of found materials; watercolors; drawings in pastel, charcoal, pencil and ink; various printmaking techniques; and illustrated books.

The VMFA, the nation’s first state-supported art museum, originally opened on Jan. 16, 1936. 

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