Picasso’s rarely seen ceramics featured at Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s art in ceramics is making its U.S. debut as part of a new Iberian arts festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Picasso crafted and painted thousands of ceramic pieces later in his career after World War II, creating colorful pieces reflecting his Mediterranean roots. But they are overshadowed by his paintings, sculptures and lithographs. Many people don’t know about Picasso the ceramist, so curators brought together more than 140 pieces to showcase his work.

The free exhibition opens Wednesday, requiring timed-entry tickets. “Picasso, Ceramist and the Mediterranean” will be on view through March 22.

The three-week, $6 million Iberian arts festival also features theater, music, dance, art, design and fashion from Spain, Portugal and regions they have influenced around the world for centuries.