Feast your eyes on a vast collection of masterpieces
The collection at the Musée national Picasso-Paris is comprised of over 5,000 artworks and more than 200,000 pieces of archival material. Illustrating both Picasso’s oeuvres and his creative process, the collection’s quality, scale and stylistic diversity reinforce its role as the largest collection of Picasso’s work in the world. It includes various types of media ranging from Picasso’s painted, sculpted, engraved and drawn works as well as Picasso’s personal collection of art.
Located in the heart of the historic and trendy Marais district, the beautiful 17th century edifice, commonly known as Hôtel Salé, serves as home to the monographic museum dedicated to Picasso’s life and work. Since the institution’s opening in 1985, this historical monument has been a prestigious and picturesque setting for the museum’s collection, alluring visitors with its bespoke blend of classical French and Italian Baroque architecture, semicircular courtyard and grand staircase.
The Museum approaches Picasso’s life and work through two major annual exhibitions each presenting aspects of the collection in a new and appealing manner.
Picasso. Magic paintings until February 23, 2020
Many of the paintings that Picasso did over a period of some four years (summer 1926-spring 1930) form a cohesive group, which Christian Zervos would later call (1938) “Tableaux magiques”. With these works– principally figure paintings– Picasso opened a new chapter in his oeuvre, probing a deep emotional dimension, which anticipates the power of Guernica a decade later.
This was accompanied by formal developments that are as radical as anything he had done before, including experimentation with materials and the realization of monumental sculptural ideas in paint.
The works in the show will illustrate the artist’s own development and, importantly, reveal the context of contemporary Surrealism and psychology (Jung vs Freud) and especially the interest among writers such as Leiris and Zervos on the magical powers of art.
Picasso. Comics from March 31 to July 26, 2020
“Picasso. Comics” is the first exhibition dedicated to the links between Pablo Picasso’s work and the world of comics. Through a selection of drawings, prints and original plates, the exhibition first looks back at Picasso’s passion for the genre. Always curious to experiment with new techniques, Picasso also explored this art form.
Picasso Poet from March 31 to July 26, 2020
“Picasso poet” explores an unknown aspect of Pablo Picasso’s work by showing the importance of poetic writing in his creative process. The exhibition explores many of the artist’s manuscript poems, confronting them with contemporary drawings and paintings. It reveals the parallels and transitions between texts and paintings as well as the extraordinary resourcefulness of the poet Picasso.
Come explore the richness of Picasso’s life and universe on an intimate level.