The museum closed from 2009 to 2014 for renovation works. During that time, the museum’s masterpieces travelled around the world in an exhibition called “Picasso – Masterpieces from the Musée national Picasso-Paris”.
This exhibition was a way to keep the collections alive during the closing and made it possible for 6 million people to meet Picasso’s works on 4 continents – from Sydney to San Francisco or Toronto.
The exhibition stopped in Australia from November 2011 to the end of March 2012 at The Art Gallery of New South Wales. And it gave an idea to Bronwyn Roll, a teacher from the Bilgola Plateau Public School, to make her infant school class discover Picasso’s work. After studying Picasso’s portraits, the children aged from five to six were invited to create a self-portrait with oil pastels, on a black piece of cardboard. They were invited to make each eye, ear and side of the mouth a different shape and color. Here are their works!
Many thanks to Cecile and Terrence Burton for conveying this project from the other side of the world!