50 Exhibitions and Events to Celebrate Picasso

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of one of the most important Spanish and universal artists of all time, Pablo Ruiz Picasso, a genius born in Malaga in 1881. To commemorate his life and work, an extensive programme of exhibitions, initiatives and events has been planned around the world, especially in the host countries, Spain and France. In Spain, the focus will be on the Spanish cities with the strongest ties to Picasso and which were a source of inspiration, leaving a mark on his personality and art.

He created his first works in the Fine Arts schools of A Coruña, Barcelona and Madrid and on his initial trips to Paris. In 1907 he painted “Les demoiselles d’Avignon”, the starting point of cubism, a revolutionary artistic movement that he devised together with Georges Braque, a Parisian painter. Cubists wanted to move beyond showing what things looked like and instead wanted to show the whole structure of objects in their paintings without using techniques such as perspective or graded shading to make them look realistic. Instead they wanted to show things as they really are. Cubism so impacted the art world that it made Picasso one of the most influential artists of all time.

Pablo Picasso at work at the Madoura pottery. Vallauris 23.3.1953.

Probably Picasso’s most famous work, Guernica is certainly his most powerful political statement, painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi’s devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Upon its completion in 1937, it was shown around the world–a stark message on the horrors of Nazism and the destruction the wreaked during the war. It also would be, a harbinger of what was to come during World War II.

Picasso not only painted, he also explored genres such as stage design, sculpture, ceramics and engraving. He died in 1973 at Mougins, a hilltop village in the Alpes-Maritimes département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in Southeastern France. But despite his death, Picasso’s legacy is more alive than ever. Experience the year of Picasso first hand, and learn about his legacy through exhibitions and events in Spain by visiting one or more of the many exhibits and events throughout Spain.

Exhibitions and Events

23.09.2022 – 08.01.2023

«Julio González, Pablo Picasso y la desmaterialización de la escultura»

Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid

01.10.2022 – 21.01.2023

«Fernande y Françoise»

Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster, Alemania

11.10.2022 – 15.01.2023

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

«Picasso / Chanel»

14.10.2022 – 19.02.2023

«Fernande Olivier y Pablo Picasso, en la intimidad del Bateau-Lavoir»

Musée de Montmartre, París

14.10.2022 – 12.02.2023

«Picasso y la abstracción»

Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Bélgica

20.10.2022 – 22.01.2023

«El cubismo y la tradición del trompe-l’oeil»

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nova York

Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler

November 18, 2022 – March 12, 2023

Picasso Museum Barcelona

White Picasso on the Blue Souvenir

March 23, 2023 – June 23, 2023

A Coruña Museum of Fine Arts

Picasso. Masterpieces from the Nahmad Collection

March 29–to July 2, 2023

San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Art

For more events, visit Picasso Celebration.

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