4 Jun → 6 Oct 2019
From Tue to Fri from 10 am to 6 pm. Sat & Sun from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Nocturnal Thur until 11pm. Closed Mon.
Pablo Picasso's work is one of the richest in the history of 20th century art. Endowed with a thirst for exceptional creativity, the artist has tackled a range of subjects, objects, landscapes and beings like no other modern artist. The Mediterranean, with its sea, its identities, its contrasting landscapes, was the object and the place of an important production of works. Picasso, who has travelled little, nevertheless travelled on the northern shore of the Mediterranean basin and was able to discover the cultures of this region. It is also in books and museums, in the Prado or the Louvre, and thanks to the many postcards and reproductions he receives, that he is nourished by Mediterranean culture. Picasso's Mediterranean is multiple, both experienced and dreamt of, from the native landscape of the Spanish ports to the workshops of the last years of his life, passing through the Côte d'Azur resorts and the highest peak of Antibes, Vallauris and Cannes. This exhibition gives an overview of the life and work of Pablo Picasso in the Mediterranean by showing the richness of links uniting Picasso with this geographical area. Thanks to innovative audio-visual equipment and a collection of exceptional works, the exhibition allows us to contemplate the Mediterranean of the Spanish artist in a poetic and immersive way, from the landscapes he painted of the ports in Malaga and Barcelona to the works of his later years, via Antibes and Vallauris in the sun-drenched Midi. His Mediterranean influences will also be highlighted, from the Iberian pre-historic to Ancient Greece and the Orient, via North Africa. Based on the richness of the Musée national Picasso-Paris collections, and their archives and photographs in particular, as well as masterpieces presented in Paris for the first time, the exhibition aims to contrast the ‘Picasso-Mediterranean’ event that has brought together more than seventy institutions in ten Mediterranean countries and three million visitors since 2017, until autumn 2019.