Biggest Picasso Exhibition in China Has Attracted More Than 100,000 People

China’s largest Picasso exhibition, Picasso - Birth of a Genius, opened in 15th June at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. The blockbuster show has attracted 134,000 people to visit, as of July 1, in less than one month since the show started.

Pablo Picasso. Self-portrait (1901)

The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the first three decades of Picasso’s career, includes 103 works drawn entirely from the collection of the Musée national Picasso-Paris, which trace Picasso’s development from childhood to middle age.

Pablo Picasso. Academic Study of a Plaster after the Antique (1893-1894)

Pablo Picasso. The Two Brothers (1906)

The show is organized in six chapters: “The First Picasso,” which accounts for the artist’s artistic upbringing, when he produced works such as Man in a Cap (1895) and Study of a Torso, After a Plaster Cast (1893-1894); “Picasso Blue and Rose,” during which he advanced from imitating Post-Impressionist masters to develop a truly original style, resulting in works like The Jester (1905) and Two Brothers(1906).

Pablo Picasso. Reading (1932)

Pablo Picasso. The Kiss (1969)

Pablo Picasso. Study for Les Demoiselles d’Avignon: Head of the Young Woman Squatting (1907)

“Picasso the Cubist,” a period when he wrought an elaborate system of signs, producing works such as Man with a Mandolin (1911) and Man with Fireplace (1916); “Picasso the Chameleon,” which marked the artist’s turn towards classical revivalism, creating works such as The Lovers (1919) and Studies (1920), as well as designing the sets, costumes, and curtain for the Ballets Russes production of Le Tricorne (1919).

Pablo Picasso. Studies (1920)

And a final section which includes several notable paintings and sculptures done between 1927 and 1972, giving a sense of how Picasso’s creative idiom, developed during the period under consideration in the exhibition, informed his later practice.

Picasso - Birth of a Genius
Dates: 16 June - 1 September 2019
Venue: UCCA Center for Contemporary Art
Address: 798 Art District, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015, China
Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday|10am - 7pm
Friday to Sunday|10am - 9pm
Adult tickets on Monday to Sunday (including holidays)|RMB 188
Adult tickets on Monday to Friday (not including holidays)|RMB 158
Students|RMB 138