Wexner Center to Display Picassos, Other 20th Century Art for 25th Anniversary

By DJ Byrnes on April 10, 2014 at 11:05a

This month, Limited Brands founder, OSU booster and original swaggernaut Les Wexner will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the center that bears his father's name on Ohio State's campus.

In typical Wexner fashion, he's using the occasion to share his fruits with the Central Ohio public. From Tim Feran of The Columbus Dispatch:

In an unprecedented move, L Brands founder Leslie H. Wexner and his wife, Abigail, will put part of their private art collection on public display to help the center named for his father celebrate its 25th anniversary.

“Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection” will focus on works by three giants of 20th-century art: Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Jean Dubuffet.

The three-month exhibit — to be presented from Sept. 21 through Dec. 31 at Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts — will encompass about 60 pieces from the couple’s New Albany home.

This is a pretty cool move from a pretty cool guy. I'll probably check it out because when else can a scrub like me get a chance to gaze upon something Pablo Picasso painted? (I was publically educated so I'm not familiar with Alberto Giacometti and Jean Dubuffet.)


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buckeyeEddie27's picture

The last line made me feel a little better about myself. 

All in all it's a nice thing to do.   Share it with other people. It's artwork, it's meant to be enjoyed by all.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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Unky Buck's picture

I will undoubtedly make a trip down to old Columbus town for this. I was unable to make the Lichtenstein exhibits a couple years ago (Chicago and DC I believe) and won't miss this. Picasso falls right behind Lichtenstein as one of my favorite artists.

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Denny's picture

The Lichtenstein exhibit that was went through at the National Gallery was pretty fantastic.


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cronimi's picture

Slightly off-topic, but the Wexner Center opened my freshman year on campus (and I feel old now). And until I read this post, I did not know it was named after Harry Wexner, Les's dad -- I thought it was (and I'm sure I've referred to it as) the Les Wexner Center for the Arts. So now I feel old AND stupid.

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stevebelliseeya's picture

I felt old and stupid before this....IT CHANGES NOTHING 


"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

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Go1Bucks's picture

Absolute fan of Picasso.  Only passing knowledge of the others.  Been to many galleries in the US and having this here is a bonus. Looking forward to September now, other than football.

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