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Palo Alto

Seeing Picasso

Maker of the Modern

Upcoming
Nov 2, 2019–Feb 16, 2020

In celebration of Pace’s fifth anniversary in Palo Alto, we are pleased to present a chronological survey of Pablo Picasso.

Exhibition Details

Seeing Picasso
Maker of the Modern

Nov 2, 2019 – Feb 16, 2020

Gallery

229 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto

Above: Gjon Mili / The LIFE Picture Collection / via Getty Images © 2019 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.

Pablo Picasso

In celebration of Pace’s fifth anniversary in Palo Alto, the gallery is pleased to present a chronological survey of Pablo Picasso. The first ever Picasso exhibit in the city, Seeing Picasso: Maker of the Modern focuses on the artist’s many innovations and protean practice. Ceaselessly creating art for over seven decades, Picasso shattered artistic conventions in the pursuit of revolutionary styles and formal strategies. This exhibition, spanning the late 1890s to the early 1970s, highlights Picasso’s key breakthrough moments, which catalyzed a number of artistic movements and styles of the modern era. It showcases over thirty-five masterpieces in a range of media—paintings, works on paper, sculptures, and ceramics—from each stage of Picasso’s highly prolific career, including his early Blue Period, reinterpretations of African and Oceanic forms, groundbreaking invention of Cubism, and experimentation with Surrealism and early Neo-Expressionism. Seeing Picasso: Maker of the Modern reveals that Picasso—perhaps more than any artist—not only channeled the zeitgeist of the 20th century but also significantly altered the course of modern art.

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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, inventing Cubism and collage, among other achievements. Though Spanish, Picasso worked mainly in France, where he frequented the luminaries of his age, from Gertrude Stein and Jean Cocteau to Guillaume Apollinaire and Paul Éluard. After his Blue and Rose periods, Picasso created Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, often viewed as the first modernist painting due to its radical compression of space, splaying of volumes, deliberate stylistic disjuncture, and unsettling themes of carnality and death. With the close collaboration of Georges Braque, Picasso developed Cubism, one of the most seminal styles of modern art. His monumental painting, Guernica, is yet another masterpiece, a rare political statement within the artist’s oeuvre, condemning the brutality of the Spanish Civil War.

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Palo Alto — Seeing Picasso, Maker of the Modern, Nov 2, 2019–Feb 16, 2020