Pablo Picasso is visiting San Francisco, or at least many of the prolific masterpieces that his iconic collection encompasses are. In a special exhibition running through October 9, 2011 at The de Young Museum in San Francisco, 150 of Picasso’s important paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings will be on display.
“This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition comprises works from every phase of Picasso’s extraordinary career, including masterpieces from his Blue, Rose, Expressionist, Cubist, Neoclassical and Surrealist periods,” said John E. Buchanan, Jr., director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “These works present eloquent testimony to his role as a protean figure who not only created and contributed to new art forms and movements, but also forever transformed the very definition of art itself.”
The exceptional works of art are typically housed in the Musée National Picasso, Paris which is not only the largest, but most important collection of Picasso art in the world. The exhibition is part of a world tour that began in 2008 while the Musée undergoes a multi-year transformation.
“The exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris lifts the curtain on the first act of a groundbreaking partnership between the Musée Picasso and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, with the intention of deepening our institutional, artistic and scientific links over the coming decade,” says Anne Baldassari, general commissioner and president of the Musée National Picasso.
Picasso laid the groundwork for modern art. The chronological exhibit showcasing every phase of the remarkable artist’s eight-decade-long career is a must-see.