- Associated Press - Saturday, February 19, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A traveling exhibition of essential works from Pablo Picasso’s personal collection is making its East Coast debut.

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” opened Saturday at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is scheduled to run through May 15.

The exhibition includes 176 of the artist’s paintings, drawings, sculptures and etchings, and serves as a retrospective covering each notable artistic period of his eight-decade career.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that as of early Saturday, the museum had pre-sold about 35,000 tickets.

The touring exhibit was made possible because the Paris museum is undergoing renovations that won’t be complete until 2012. Richmond is the second of the exhibit’s three U.S. showings and the only East Coast stop

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