Picasso featured at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Featured Events, June 14, 2021 2021-06-14
Picasso, La Lecture
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Reading. Boisgeloup, January 2, 1932. Oil on canvas, 130 x 97.5 cm Musée national Picasso-Paris. Dation Pablo Picasso, 1979. MP137 Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau (C) Picasso Estate

Treat yourself to a one-on-one with Pablo Picasso, one of the most prolific artists of the 20th century, an admired and controversial figure. Presented exclusively in Canada at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), this international exhibition titled Picasso. Figures shown until September 12, 2021, reveals works painted and drawn by the artist that have never been presented in Québec City. Discover how each of these masterpieces celebrates the beauty of singular bodies in an exceptional way.

The human body in all its forms

Picasso. Figures explores the representation of the human body in its multiplicity. It invites visitors to be moved by the beauty of the extraordinary. Based on the remarkable collection of the Musée national Picasso-Paris and in collaboration with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, this new exhibition features a selection of 76 works, including 47 major paintings, produced between 1895 and 1972. The exhibit is structured around six themes and is a journey through more than seventy-five years of artistic production.

Picasso’s masterpieces displayed

Picasso. Figures consists primarily of paintings, drawings and prints, ranging from his formative years to the final paintings of his last period.

It also includes a remarkable group of sculptures that remind us of the multidisciplinary dimension of this eternal explorer. Among the masterpieces assembled, we should mention Man with a Guitar (1911), Bathers (1918), Large Nude on a Red Armchair (1929), The Acrobat (1930) and Luncheon on the Grass, after Manet (1960). These masterful paintings represent the best periods of the artist's career.

Hilton Québec
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Portrait of Dora Maar Paris, 23 November 1937 Oil on canvas, 55.3 x 46.3 cm Musée national Picasso-Paris Dation Pablo Picasso, 1979. MP166 Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau (C) Picasso Estate

Opening a dialogue about body liberation

As a complementary activity, a group exhibition anchored in our reality will reflect the work of Picasso. Picasso disregarded the dictates of the aesthetic canons associated with the representation of the human figure, a philosophy that allows the MNBAQ to offer a pertinent and considerate reflection on body diversity. Opening the Dialogue is an invitation to look beyond physical ideals using works from the MNBAQ's collection and those of invited artists as examples. The works presented break down gender stereotypes, speak out about grossophobia, and explore the representation of non-normed bodies. The ticket for the Picasso. Figures exhibition automatically includes access to Opening the Dialogue. Enjoy your visit!

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