18 Oct.-17 Feb. “The heart of Milan’s autumn art season” – Sala.
Some 200 displays, including both works by Picasso himself and ancient artworks that inspired the great master, from the Musée National Picasso in Paris and other leading European museums, will be on display in Milan’s Palazzo Reale from 18 October.
Works are on loan from the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Musei Vaticani in Rome, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, the Musée Picasso in Antibes, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, among others.
Announcing the city hall-sponsored exhibition “Picasso Metamorphosis”, mayor Beppe Sala stated: “It is the heart of Milan’s autumn art season.”
The project is part of an itinerary devoted to the great artist that Palazzo Reale has been developing for decades: a genuine cycle of Picasso exhibitions that has made the relationship between the Spanish master and Milan a special one. It started in 1953 with the display of Guernica in the Sala delle Cariatidi.
Almost half a century later, this was followed by the grand retrospective exhibition organized, in collaboration with the artist's heirs, in September 2001. Finally, the monographic exhibition of 2012 provided a chronological overview of the different techniques and means of expression marking the Spanish master's oeuvre.
With “Picasso Metamorphosis”, the focus shifts to the various expressions of antiquity to be found in the mythologies reinvented by Picasso and illustrated in six sections through the juxtaposition of works by the great artist and ancient ones – pottery, statues, votive plaques, reliefs, idols, and stelae – that inspired and deeply influenced him.
The exhibit is open Tuesday to Sunday 09.00 to 19.30; Thursday and Saturday in addition until 22.30; Monday 14.30 to 19.30 (and 09.00 to 14.00 for school groups). Tickets – available also on line – cost €14 full price, with many concessions available.