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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art receives gift of Picasso photographs

Updated: 2013-10-17T05:33:30Z


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Acclaimed photographer and Kansas City native David Douglas Duncan has donated 161 photographs to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, including 159 images of Pablo Picasso.

A selection of the photos will be on display in the Bloch Building lobby of the gallery from Oct. 25 to Jan. 26. Copies of Duncan’s autobiography will be available free to visitors while supplies last.

Duncan, 97, documented the Korean and Vietnam wars among other milestones of the 20th century, and his work has been published in Life and National Geographic magazines. Two of the donated images are from the Korean War.

Duncan met the artist Picasso in 1956 and was welcomed into his home, where he made many photographs over several years. The first book of those images was published in 1958.

Duncan has lived in France since the 1950s.

“This is a most incredible gift from one of the premier photographers of the world,” Nelson director Julián Zugazagoitia said in an announcement Wednesday of the gift.

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