Love him or leave him, everyone’s heard of 20th-century Modernist master Pablo Picasso – and this summer, the Vancouver Art Gallery will host the largest exhibition of his works to ever be shown in Western Canada. Picasso: The Artist and His Muses (June 11 to October 2) examines the significance of six women who inspired Picasso’s artistic development, each with her own tragic story. The exhibit also explores Picasso’s trademark style – captured in recurring motifs such as the seated woman and reclining nude – which altered the course of European art history, leaving an important and lasting influence on painting, drawing, print and sculpture. Concurrently, the Gallery will exhibit artwork pairings of Modernist painters Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen (July 1 to November 13); North America’s first major retrospective of New Delhi artist Bharti Kher, whose sculptures and paintings articulate the perceptions and realities of womanhood in today’s social landscape (July 9 to October 10); and a photographic exhibit of Harry Callahan, whose images of city streets in the U.S. and overseas earned him a reputation as one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.