Celebrating Picasso 1973-2023: ARTSVP’s selection of best art shows opening world-wide

Between the many current and upcoming exhibitions opening in the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso's death, we wanted to share our favourite ones. Check out our list and join us in honouring Picasso’s work and legacy!

Celebrating Picasso 1973-2023: ARTSVP’s selection of best art shows opening world-wide
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On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso's death, we have handpicked the most interesting shows that are set to open worldwide from the programme Celebrating Picasso 1973-2023, all centred around this legendary Spanish artist.
This ambitious initiative, coordinated by the governments of France and Spain in collaboration with renowned cultural institutions in Europe and the US, will highlight Picasso’s influence throughout the 20th century through a variety of approaches such as:
  • His deep knowledge of masters such as El Greco, Goya, Velázquez and Poussin, with whom he established a dialogue in the present.
  • The constant need for evolution and ongoing technical exploration, approached through specific research, precise periods, use of different medium such as ceramics or reference to other disciplines like writing, theatre and dance.
  • The impact of his work on contemporary art his reception under the prism of feminism.
The programme will also pay homage to Picasso's commitment to democratic values, human rights, and freedom of expression.
Between the many current and upcoming exhibitions, we wanted to share our favourite ones. Check out our list below and join us in honouring Picasso’s work and legacy!

Picasso 1969-1972: the end of the beginning

Picasso Museum (Antibes, France)
Currently on view at the Antibes Museum of Picasso, this show explores the last twenty years of the artist's life, which were marked by an intense and even exuberant production of intense colours and large formats. During these years, the artist revisited his roster of familiar characters such as the bullfighters and musketeers with new artistic experiments.
8 April - 25 June 2023
Place Mariejol, 06600 Antibes, France.

Picasso. Artist and Model

Fondation Beyeler (Basel, Switzerland)
Until May 1, 2023, Fondation Beyeler is hosting a small selection of ten late paintings in which Picasso intensely confronted the theme of the artist and his model, from self-portrait to stereotypical artist image and caricature, to his personal and figurative approach to the female body and its representability in today’s context.
19 February - 01 May 2023
Baselstrasse 101, 4125 Riehen, Switzerland
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Credit: Pablo Picasso, Le peintre et son modèle, 28.3.1963, Öl auf Leinwand, 130 x 162 cm, Nahmad Collection, © Succession Picasso / 2023, ProLitteris, Zürich

Picasso 1906: The Great Transformation

The Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid, Spain)
As well as hosting Guernica in its permanent collection, the museum Reina Sofía will open a temporary exhibition looking back at a pivotal and decisive year for Picasso: 1906. This was when he began his “great transformation” and entered the modern era through the search for the primitive cultures.
14 November 2023 - 4 March 2024
Calle de Santa Isabel 52, 28012 Madrid
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Installation view “Picasso Sculptor. Matter and Body”, 2023. Courtesy Museo Picasso Malaga.

Picasso Sculptor. Matter and Body

Museo Picasso Malaga (Malaga, Spain)
Following a four-month display at the Museo Picasso in Málaga, the exhibition "Matter and Body" is set to embark on a journey to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. This extraordinary showcase delves into the diverse and multifaceted exploration of the human body within Picasso's artistic endeavors. The exhibition specifically emphasises the artist's profound engagement with sculpture, a medium through which he continuously pushed the boundaries and redefined the perception of three-dimensional human form.
9 May - 10 September 2023
Palacio de Buenavista, C. San Agustín, 8, 29015 Málaga
29 September 2023 - 14 January 2024
Abandoibarra Etorb., 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia

Picasso. Untitled

La Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain)
Centred on the final decade of Picasso's career, this exhibition showcases a collection of his last works, which, during their initial unveiling, faced criticism and dismissal. However, following Picasso's passing, these very works have undergone a reevaluation and are now recognised as significant indicators of his transition towards neo-expressionism. The exhibition offers a fresh perspective by inviting contemporary painters to explore and interpret Picasso's profound influence on the art world.
19 May 2023 - 7 January 2024

Picasso, El Greco and Analytical Cubism

Museo Nacional del Prado (Madrid, Spain)
Curated by Carmen Giménez, the exhibition will showcase a selection of works by Picasso together with works by El Greco. This small exhibition will emphasise El Greco’s influence in the first part of the Picasso's career ’s work, especially between the blue period and cubism.
13 June - 17 September 2023
C. de Ruiz de Alarcón, 23, 28014 Madrid

Young Picasso in Paris

Within this intimate exhibition, a select collection of paintings and drawings illuminates Picasso's journey of character study, offering glimpses into his artistic evolution during this transformative phase of his life. These carefully curated artworks provide insights into the artist's creative process, showcasing his exploration and development as he honed his skills and shaped his distinctive style.
12 May - 6 August 2023
1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, United States

Written by

Rosita Mariella
Rosita Mariella

Rosita is an art historian and researcher based in Madrid. She’s been working in the art market since 2015, for galleries and collections based in London, until she joined ARTSVP in 2021.