Massive exhibition of Picasso’s work to hit Melbourne

The new art exhibition, The Picasso Century, which charts the career of Pablo Picasso, is set to hit the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

Exclusively developed for the NGV by the Centre Pompidou and the Musée national Picasso-Paris, the exhibition features over 70 works by Picasso alongside over 100 works by more than 50 of his contemporaries, drawn from premier French national collections, as well as the NGV Collection.

The Picasso Century examines the diverse influences, encounters and collaborative relationships that steered Picasso through many distinct artistic periods, such as his Blue Period, Cubism and Surrealism, and draws lines between Picasso’s famous creations and the world around him.

By exploring Picasso’s career through his personal, artistic and intellectual engagement with his peers, the exhibition provides an insight into the artistic legacy of one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated artists, as well as the community of artists from which he emerged.

Thirteen thematic sections organise The Picasso Century, which trace the many distinct periods that shaped the artist’s career over more than seven decades, while also situating his work within a broader artistic and geographical context.

The Picasso Century examines Picasso’s place within the multicultural crucible that was inter-war Paris, and his interaction with other artists and writers including André Breton, Georges Bataille, Jean Cocteau and Alberto Giacometti.

This exhibition invites reflection on Picasso’s position as a point of reference for all who seek to understand the history of 20th-century art.

The exhibition opens on 10 June and tickets range from $8-$30.