Picasso in Paris, 1900-1907

18 February - 29 May 2011

A new world opened up for the nineteen-year-old Pablo Picasso when he arrived in Paris in 1900. In this city, the cultural centre of the avant-garde, he first saw the work of artists such as Gauguin, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and Steinlen with his own eyes. In developing his own style the young Spaniard eagerly absorbed the discoveries and ideas of both his contemporaries and predecessors.|

With pioneering works such as Melancholy woman (1901, Detroit Institute of Arts) from his melancholy Blue Period and the famous Self-portrait with a palette (1906, Philadelphia Museum of Art) from his Pink Period, he paved the way for Cubism, which would forever change the course of twentieth-century painting. His atelier was a meeting place for painters, sculptors, writers, collectors and art-dealers, all attracted by the dynamic personality and revolutionary art of the young Picasso.

The exhibition in the Van Gogh Museum traces Picasso’s artistic development from his arrival in Paris until 1907, when he had grown into a leading figure of the French avant-garde.

Picasso in Paris, 1900-1907 was put together by guest curator Marilyn McCully, working together with the Van Gogh Museum and the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. The exhibition is on view in the Museu Picasso from 1 July until 16 October 2011.

Dansgroep Amsterdam dances amid Picasso’s works
Specially for this exhibition Dansgroep Amsterdam led by Krisztina de Châtel will perform a dance Nomade (Nomad) every Friday night inspired by the paintings that Picasso made on the theme of the circus. There will be performances from 19:30 until 19:50 and from 20:45 until 21:05 in the exhibition room on the first floor.
Please note: max. 200 visitors are allowed at a time. Tickets for the dance performance are available for free at the information desk from 18:00 on Friday. It’s not possible to make reservations.

logo VSBfondsDance Nomade (Nomad) by Dansgroep Amsterdam is supported by VSBfonds.

Audio tour
Picasso’s crucial years in Paris come to life in the audio tour, which is available in Dutch, English, French and Spanish. Price: € 5,-.
Listen to an excerpt from the audio tour.

Free guided tours
Every Friday at 17:30 (in English) and 18:15 (in Dutch) and on Sunday at 11:00 (in English) and 11:45 (in Dutch), there are free guided tours of the exhibition. Duration: 30 minutes. Please register at the information desk in the central hall.

Lectures on Sunday
20 February: Picasso verovert Parijs (Picasso conquers Paris), in Dutch, by Edwin Becker (head of exhibitions, Van Gogh Museum).
6 March: ‘Au rendez-vous des poètes’: Picasso's art and literary contacts in English,
by Peter Read (professor of modern French literature and visual arts, University of Kent, Canterbury).
3 April: Picasso en de wereld van het circus (Picasso and the world of the circus) in Dutch, by Edwin Becker (head of exhibitions, Van Gogh Museum).

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Picasso in Paris,1900-1907
Marilyn McCully with contributions by Nienke Bakker and Peter Read, Van Gogh Museum / Museu Picasso Barcelona / Mercatorfonds 256 pages, 175 illustrations, paperback, € 29,95. Languages: English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Catalan.
This richly illustrated exhibition catalogue contains nine essays shedding light on Picasso’s artistic development in his early years in Paris.

Educational programme
A special school programme geared to secondary education has been developed for the exhibition.

The exhibition is made possible by:

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