Pablo Picasso's glass goat briefly revealed to public alongside robot Japanese bartender

By Culture24 Reporter | 12 November 2015

Glass Picasso goat and drink-dispensing robot butler stand side-by-side with global silver

Assistant Curator Sarah Rothwell, from National Museums Scotland, with Capra by Picasso© Neil Hanna
An iridescent glass sculpture by Pablo Picasso, depicting a goat in a symbol of the mythology the artist would often pursue with the Italian glassmaker who created the piece, has gone on display to the public in a brief preview before it disappears from view for more than a year.

Capra (Goat) (1954). Glass sculpture. Designed by Pablo Picasso, made by Egidio Costantini at Fucina degli Angeli, Venice© Neil Hanna
Capra was designed by Picasso and made in Venice by Egidio Costantini, who translated the artist’s drawings into glass at the Fucina degli Angeli workshop, in 1954. Its appearance at the National Museum of Scotland is part of a three-month exhibition also starring a novelty robot butler from the 1980s and a fragment of the 12,000-tonne meteorite that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, causing £11 million in damage to the city and injuring more than 1,500 people.

Picasso’s black and white animal will stand alongside a cameo vase from the Gallé Glass powerhouse – home to hundreds of artists and workers in Nancy during the late 19th and early 20th century. Lago di Como, by Paul Perdizet, was produced in 1920.

The Omnibot was a very advanced robot for the 1980s© National Museums Scotland
The robot – Omnibot 2000 – was produced by Tomy in Japan between 1984 and 1988. Its party trick was delivering and pouring drinks, and it has been given a Scottish costume by its owner, who controls it with a remote control and timed commands onto its central cassette tape.

Silversmithing and silver jewellery from Japan, Iran, North America and 17th century Kirkcudbrightshire are among the other highlights of the display of newly-acquired objects. Capra will go back on show in a new set of permanent galleries planned for summer 2016.

  • New to the National Collections runs until February 28 2016.

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Three places to see Picasso works in

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
The collection includes masterpieces by Simone Martini, Domenico Veneziano, Veronese, Titian, Rubens, Hals, Van Dyck, Canaletto, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Constable, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Monet and Picasso.

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
The current exhibition, Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection, is based around the purchases the Attenboroughs made from their visits to the Madoura pottery in Vallauris, where Picasso worked for several years with Georges and Suzanne Ramié. Until December 31 2015.

Tate Liverpool
What links Pablo Picasso to Paul Cézanne? A Grayson Perry ceramic to a Cindy Sherman photograph? Explore the links between artists and artworks in our updated display of the Tate collection, DLA Piper Series Constellations.
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