Sous le haut patronage de
Monsieur Emmanuel Macron, Président de la République française
April 8, 2023 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and thus places the year under the sign of the celebration of his work and his artistic legacy in France, Spain and internationally.
On this occasion, the French and Spanish governments wished to organize a large-scale transnational event through a bi-national commission, bringing together the cultural and diplomatic administrations of both countries. As a member of this dedicated commission, the Musée national Picasso-Paris is one of the initiators of the 1973-2023 Picasso Celebration, alongside Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, co-president of the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, and José Guirao, former Minister of Culture in the Spanish government, who was the commissioner of the commemoration in Spain, and who passed away in July 2022.
Supported by renowned cultural institutions in Europe and the United States, the program of the 1973-2023 Picasso Celebration will be structured around some fifty exhibitions and events that, taken together, trace a historiographical approach to Picasso's work.
The Picasso Celebration 1973-2023 aims to highlight the career of an essentially European artist who, with a deep knowledge of the heritage and principles of tradition, an understanding of classicism as an ethical value, and the most modern challenges of art, projected universal symbols such as Guernica, today a collective emblem of the defense of human rights, all over the world.
In Europe and the United States, the exhibitions and associated programs of the 1973-2023 Picasso Celebration will therefore highlight the artist's influence throughout the 20th century and his continued reference for 21st-century artists through a variety of approaches.
In addition, the commemoration will allow for a review of the state of research and understanding of Picasso's work, notably with a first seminar at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid at the end of 2022 and then during a major international symposium on December 6-7-8, 2023 at UNESCO in Paris. This symposium will bring together all the partners (museum institutions, research centers, researchers) around the theme of "Picasso in the 21st century: historical and cultural issues".) Art historians, curators, exhibition commissioners recognized in the Picasso sphere, as well as artists, writers and collectors will be invited to speak.
The year 2023 will also be marked by the opening of the Picasso Study Center at the Musée national Picasso-Paris, in the historic, prestigious and renovated spaces of the Hôtel de Rohan. The museum's documentation, library and archives will thus be brought together around a research center, a digital portal and a website that will make the Picasso Museum a unique reference center for the artist and the fields related to him. A true place of transmission and sharing with a wide public, it will serve as a privileged framework for scientific exchanges and the work of researchers from around the world.
The exhibitions of the "Picasso Celebration 1973-2023"
Kunstmuseum Basel, Bâle
« Picasso – El Greco »
11.06.2022 – 25.09.2022
« Julio González, Pablo Picasso et la dématérialisation de la sculpture »
23.09.2022 – 08.01.2023
Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster, Münster
« Fernande et Françoise »
01.10.2022 – 21.01.2023
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
« Picasso & Chanel »
11.10.2022 – 15.01.2023
Musée de Montmartre, Paris
« Fernande Olivier et Pablo Picasso, dans l’intimité du Bateau-Lavoir »
14.10.2022 – 19.02.2023
Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
« Picasso et l'abstraction »
14.10.2022 - 12.02.2023
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon
26.11.2022 – 05.03.2023
Museu Picasso Barcelona, Barcelone