Through the Eyes of Picasso
This major exhibition will explore Pablo Picasso’s life-long fascination with African and Oceanic art, as well as works from the Americas, uniting his paintings and sculpture with art that fueled his own creative exploration.
In addition to paintings, sculpture, and drawings by Picasso, the exhibition will feature significant works of African and Oceanic art that transformed his artistic vision when he encountered them at the Musée d’ Ethnographie du Trocadéro (now Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris) during the early part of the 20th century. For Picasso, the allure of these masks and sculptures was in the artists’ exploration of line, abstraction of the human body, and representation of metamorphosis.
Visitors also will see works Picasso collected, lived with, and kept with him through numerous studio moves, still owned by his family, and others that are in the Picasso Museum in Paris.
Explore our Library Guide to help you learn more about Picasso and this exhibition.
This exhibition contains images of nudity.
Two Exhibitions, One Price
Beginning Dec 16, admission to Through the Eyes of Picasso will include an additional ticket to view Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity. This exhibition features exquisite vessels of solid jade, a full suit of iron armor and a 2,000-year-old, life-sized jade and gold burial suit.
If you visit Through the Eyes of Picasso before Dec 16, you may request a ticket for Dreams of the Kings at our Info Desk in Bloch Lobby when you return.
All talks 6-7 pm
Julián Zugazagoitia, director of the Nelson-Atkins and exhibition curator, has invited three prominent French scholars and museum leaders to share perspectives on Pablo Picasso, his creative interests and relationship with the arts of Africa and the world.
Thursday, February 22
Picasso’s Collection of African and Oceanic Art
Presented by Peter Stepan, scholar and author
Thursday, March 22
Paris’ musée quai Branly and the Display of African Art
Presented by Stéphane Martin, president of the musée quai Branly–Jacques Chirac, Paris
Thursday, April 5
The Musée Picasso: An Enduring Legacy
Presented by Laurent le Bon, president of the Musée National Picasso–Paris
Thurs, Nov 9 | 6 pm
Art Tasting with Julian
Making Through the Eyes of Picasso
Join Julián as he sits down with Catherine Futter, director of curatorial affairs, and Anne Manning, director of education & interpretation, to discuss how an entire museum came together to create the exhibition.
Thurs, Nov 16 | 6-9 pm
Your not-so-quiet night at the museum with live music, art activities and more celebrating the world cultures that inspired Picasso.
Saturday, Dec 9 | 10:30 am
Gertrude Stein’s Picasso
Join us for a lively discussion of Gertrude Stein’s personal memoir of Picasso.
Saturday, Jan 20 | 1 pm
All Eyes on Picasso
The Art of Appropriation
Join us for an insightful panel discussion that wrestles with questions of appropriation, appreciation, and inspiration as those concepts apply to Picasso’s work and Western art and culture.
Saturday, Feb 3 | 1 pm
The Mystery of Picasso
(1956, 78 minutes, French with English subtitles)
See Picasso in action in The Mystery of Picasso (1956, 78 minutes, French with English subtitles), the famous film that demonstrated the artist’s profound abilities in real time.