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Picasso & his collection

Picasso et la statue 1955

Lucien Clergue
Picasso beside a figure from the Marquesas Islands 1955
Gelatin silver photograph
Collection: The artist 
© 2008 by Lucien Clergue
Courtesy: Patrice Trigano Gallery, Paris

Picasso & his collection

Gallery 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, Children’s Art Centre, GoMA

An exhibition of Pablo Picasso's personal art collection will be held for the first time outside of Europe, and exclusively in Brisbane, at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) from 9 June to 14 September.

The exhibition features over 100 works from Picasso's extraordinary collection plus more than 80 important works by the artist himself. A range of documentary photographs also feature.

'Picasso & his collection' includes paintings, drawings and prints by artists such as Chardin, Matisse, Renoir, Cézanne, Rousseau, Miró, Modigliani and Braque, as well as an extraordinary selection of Oceanic and African works.

The exhibition is being generously lent by the musée national Picasso, Paris, and curated by its director Anne Baldassari.

In association with the exhibition, the Australian Cinémathèque will present a curated film program and the Children’s Art Centre will present a major program for children and families.

'Picasso & his collection' will give unique insights into the thinking and visual language of an artist who played the most vital role in the creation of modern art. The range of work Picasso collected over his lifetime reflects a very personal, idiosyncratic collection, and paints in its own way an intimate portrait of Picasso the artist.

Picasso’s collection was donated by his family to the French state after his death in 1973, and is now held by the musée national Picasso in Paris. An exhibition of Picasso’s collection has only ever previously been mounted in Paris, Munich and Barcelona.

The Queensland Art Gallery would like to acknowledge Anne Baldassari, Director, musée Picasso Paris as General Commissioner and Curator of the exhibition and Philippe Saunier, Curator, musée Picasso, Paris as the Curatorial Project Coordinator

The exhibition catalogue is available for purchase from the Gallery Store or online.

Admission fees will apply.


'Picasso & his collection' has been organised by the musée national Picasso, Paris, in association with the Queensland Art Gallery and Art Exhibitions Australia.

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