Picasso. Magic Paintings exhibitions at the Picasso Museum until 23rd February 2020

The latest exhibition at the Picasso Museum shows a side of his work that has never been looked at specifically before – his works featuring strange figures, paintings that art critic Christian Zervos was calling as early as 1938 ‘magic paintings’.

Between 1926 and 1930, Picasso painted a large number of works featuring strange figures (a variation of which would go on to figure in his masterpiece Guernica).

This news style / series allowed him to try out new ideas, perfect them and earn how to balance previously-unknown forms.

Exposition Picasso. Tableaux magiques au Musée Picasso jusqu'au 23 février 2020
© Succession Picasso 2019

We now know of around 150 of these paintings, spread around the world. The Picasso Museum had brought together a large percentage of them for its event, the first exhibition ever to focus exclusively on the subject.

Exposition Picasso. Tableaux magiques au Musée Picasso jusqu'au 23 février 2020
© Succession Picasso 2019

Around the exhibition there’s a cycle of five conferences, each an hour long (and in French) that are held on Tuesdays, and a catalogue of the exhibition is also available (208 pages, 39€ here at amazon.fr) featuring almost every one of the 152(-ish) magic paintings.

Exposition Picasso. Tableaux magiques au Musée Picasso jusqu'au 23 février 2020
© Succession Picasso 2019

You might also like to know that for the White Night, the exhibition is free from 6-10.30pm, and that there are free performances from choreographer Yaïr Barelli starting at 6/30pm – all the info can be found here.

The exhibition Picasso – Tableaux magiques (Picasso – Magic Paintings) is at the Picasso Museum (here) until 23rd February 2020

Ouvert every day except Mondays from 10.30am-6.30pm (opens 9.30am weekends and public holidays not on a Monday)

Adlission: 14€ / 11€

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