Picasso. Masterpieces! exhibition at the Picasso Museum, 4th September 2018 – 13th January 2019

The Picasso Museum starts off the autumn cultural season with its new exhibition Picasso. Chefs d’œuvre ! (Picasso. Masterpieces! – not sure which trainee came up with that title) which examines the concept of what a ‘masterpiece’ is and how it created, especially in the case of someone who is generally considered to have created quite a few.

For the public of course, it’s a dream come true, with many of the master’s most acclaimed works on show – Les Baigneuses, Les Femmes à leur toilette, La Danse, La Chèvre…
Exposition Picasso. Chefs d'œuvre ! du 4 septembre 2018 au 13 janvier 2019
Indeed, the exhibition has numerous specially-loaned works, some never shown in Paris before, and the aim is to give a new viewpoint on Picasso’s creations through the critical response they elicited back in their time.

To do so, photos and magazine articles from the era are presented together with the works, to show how they – as well as some key exhibitions – contributed over the years to forge the coveted status of a masterpiece.

Exposition Picasso. Chefs d'œuvre ! du 4 septembre 2018 au 13 janvier 2019
© Succession Picasso

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue (in French, 320 pages, 39€ here at amazon.fr) featuring not only the works of Picasso but also photos by Brassaï, Man Ray and others.

Five conference are also available for those with a grasp of French:

– An inaugural conference on 11th September at 5.30pm by two of the museum’s curators (book here),

Restaurer le chef-d’œuvre on 16th October at 6.30pm which takes a look at the restoration of two of Picasso’s works, one kept in Paris, the other in Barcelona (book here),

Picasso/Apollinaire on 4th December at 6.30pm, with writer Laurence Campa, as part of the commemoration of 100 years since Guillaume Apollinaire’s death,

– A chat (book here) with painter Claude Rutault on 15th January 2019 at 6.30pm, who will be talking about his exhibition at the museum which starts in November, and

– a showing of the documentary Le trait ininterrompu by (and in the presence of) Numa Vilató on 13th November at 6.30pm (book here), followed by a conference about engraving.
Exposition Picasso. Chefs d'œuvre ! du 4 septembre 2018 au 13 janvier 2019
One particularly interesting event is a cine-concert of Parade, a joyous reappropriation of a title used by Cocteau, Satie and Picasso, created by Koji Yamamura on 25th October, during a special late night opening of the museum. There will be three showings of 15 minutes each at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm, and it’s the only event that costs a little extra (15€, which includes entrance to the museum of 12.50€). More info here. Book ici.

The exhibition Picasso. Chefs d’œuvre ! is at the Picasso Museum (here) from 4th September 2018 – 13th January 2019

Open every day except Mondays from 10.30am-6pm (9.30am weekends and public holidays not on a Monday)

Admission: 12.50€ / 11€

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To check out all the photos of our visit to the Picasso Museum, click ici.