Remembering Picasso: exhibitions to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his death

Dalla Spagna alla Francia fino agli Stati Uniti, senza dimenticare una chicca Italiana, una selezione di mostre-evento che celebrano l'artista contemporaneo più celebre di sempre.
Dalla Spagna alla Francia fino agli Stati Uniti, senza dimenticare una chicca Italiana, una selezione di mostre-evento che celebrano l'artista contemporaneo più celebre di sempre.

Picasso died exactly 50 years ago on the Côte d’Azur, leaving behind an incredible legacy of works and a stylistic revolution that rewrote the history of art. One of the most prolific artists, active in the fields of painting, sculpture, graphics and ceramics, and a versatile personality, Picasso proved that artistic expression is anything but ‘static’, it is a personal and ever-evolving language. From his academic beginnings to the blue and pink period, up to the rise of Cubism, each season of Picasso’s life offers insights into the artist and his works with a variety of interpretations and examples.

Exhibitions and special events around the world

To mark the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death, there are dozens of exhibitions and special events hosted by museums all over the world. We bring you the most interesting, that can turn into travel ideas for this coming summer, combining culture and entertainment (such as the 5 new European museums not to be missed during the holidays).

Exhibitions paying tribute to Picasso: 50 years after, in Spain

The master’s home country is the place to be for art lovers between 2023 and 2024. 

Major contemporary hubs and institutions dedicated to Pablo Picasso have something on the agenda to celebrate Picasso. The Picasso Museum in Malaga, which is housed in the painter’s native home and this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, is proposing a new display in its permanent collection and the exhibition The Echo of Picasso (10/03/2023 – 03/31/2024) focusing on the influence of Picasso’s works on contemporary culture. 

1. 2011, Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, Madrid © FABA Photo: Pablo Asenjo © Richard Prince y Richard Prince Studio
A dialogue between the paintings of Miró and Picasso is proposed by Museu Picasso Barcelona (19/19/2023 – 02/25/2024), while the Guggenheim Bilbao focuses on Picasso as a sculptor (09/29/2023 – 01/14/2024). In the capital city of Madrid two must-see exhibitions are soon to be opened, Picasso 1906: the turning point at the Reina Sofia (11/15/2023 – 04304/2024), an analysis of the period in which Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, one of Picasso’s most famous works, was painted, and Picasso the sacred and profane at the Thyssen-Bornemisza (10/04/2023 – 01/14/2024).
2. Museu Picasso - Barcelona, Spain

Exhibitions on Picasso in France: Celebrating the Master in Paris

In Paris, where Picasso lived in the early years of the1900s, the Musée Picasso Paris features a colourful new exhibition curated by Paul Smith until the 27th of August. At the Centre Pompidou, the emphasis will be on drawings in the exhibition Picasso Dessiner à l’infini (10/18/2023 – 01/15/2024).

3. Pablo Picasso, « Portrait de Françoise », 20 mai 1946 (détail) Dation Pablo Picasso, 1979 © Succession Picasso 2023, photo © Dist. Rmn-Gp

Celebrating Picasso in Italy: a unique exhibition in Naples

Picasso is also celebrated in Italy. The most interesting event is held at the MANN-Museo Archeologico of Naples featuring Picasso e l’Antico, an exhibition divided into two sections. The first relates to the artist’s stay in Naples, where he visited the National Museum, and the second compares the museum’s artworks with Picasso’s works. If you are interested in seeing the exhibition, you’d better hurry because it lasts until the 27th of August.
4. Pablo Picasso, Donna seduta. 1920. Olio su tela. Musée national Picasso-Paris ©RMN- Grand Palais / ph Mathieu Rabeau ©Succession Picasso by SIAE 2023

Homage to Picasso in the United States: reliving his art in New York

The anniversary does not go unnoticed in the United States either. If the retrospective at the Guggenheim in New York has already closed, the one at the MoMa entitled Picasso in Fontainebleau  will open on 01/10/2023. 
5. Pablo Picasso. Three Musicians. Fontainebleau, summer 1921. Oil on canvas, 6’7’’ x 7’3 3/4’’(200.7 × 222.9 cm). Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
The exhibition will display four extraordinary artworks – two versions of the ‘Three Women at the Spring’ and two of the ‘Three Musicians’ – together with other paintings, drawings, pastels and etchings made during the artist’s brief stay in Fontainebleau.

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