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World Premiere Picasso Exhibition Lands in Melbourne

As the final instalment of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, The Picasso Century has made its way to Melbourne. The exhibition has been developed by two leading French art institutions – Centre Pompidou, the cultural partner of a new Melbourne art gallery, and the Musée National Picasso-Paris, dedicated to the 20th-century artist.

The exhibition will run from June 10 to October 9, offering a thoughtful compilation of Picasso’s finest works and is emblematic of the Parisian and cosmopolitan art scene of the 20th century.

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Pablo Picasso Spanish 1881–1973 Weeping woman 1937 oil on canvas 55.2 x 46.2 cm National Gallery of Victoria Purchased by donors of The Art Foundation of Victoria, with the assistance of the Jack and Genia Liberman family, Founder Benefactor, 1986 © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022 Photo: NGV

The Picasso Century Exhibition Information

When: June 10th to October 9th 2022.
Where: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).
What: World-Premiere Picasso exhibition.
Ticket prices: Adult $30, Concession $28, Children $10, Family $65.

We have all heard of Picasso, but few of us have been able to delve deep into his prolific career and life. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Pablo Picasso worked as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer. He is known for his avant-garde art style as a pioneer in cubism and surrealism art movements.

Now, we have the opportunity to uncover unseen stories of the artistic genius, the exhibition tracing Picasso’s career across thirteen “thematic” sections, shown alongside hundreds of works from his contemporaries. Each section provides a nuanced perspective on a rich century of artistic experiments. Beginning with his formative years, it goes on to look at his place within inter-war Paris and, lastly, his work post–1945, examining the contested artistic output towards the end of his career.

Charting the dialogue of Picasso with the countless artists, poets and intellectuals with whom he interacted throughout the 20th century reveals the true nature and influence of his pioneering work.

As well as drawing parallels between Picasso and the world around him, the exhibition calls on one to consider their own interpretation of who Picasso was as an artist, intellectual and most importantly, a person, and how these intersections resulted in the revolutionary art we all know and love.

In terms of artworks on display, you can expect Picasso-mania, as well as works by artists rarely exhibited in Australia, including Natalia Goncharova, Julio González, Wifredo Lam, Suzanne Valadon and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva.

The Picasso Century runs from June 10 to October 9 at NGV International. Discounts apply for NGV members.

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Pablo Picasso Spanish 1881–1973 The studio at La Californie (L’Atelier de La Californie) 30 March 1956 oil on canvas 114.0 x 146.0 cm Musée national Picasso-Paris Donated in lieu of tax, 1979 © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022 Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau

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