While some of our iconic canvases by Picasso move from their home in the Modern Wing to the special exhibition in Regenstein Hall, we are thrilled to welcome two masterpieces by the artist from the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Picasso’s emblematic Self-Portrait (1906) and his monumental Three Musicians (1921). Both works, presented within the museum’s permanent collection of European modern art, will offer fresh and exciting new dialogues. A third painting from Philadelphia, Old Woman with Gloves (1901), once owned by legendary Chicago collector Arthur Jerome Eddy, will be included in Picasso and Chicago.
Nine focused installations from curatorial departments across the museum delve into Picasso’s wide-ranging inspirations and those who drew inspiration from him.
The Artist and the Poet Galleries 124–127
Sparked by Picasso’s love of poetry, this presentation offers 110 works on paper surveying the myriad ways visual artists have been inspired by or collaborated with poets in the 20th century. Learn more.
Picasso, Paris, and African Art Gallery 137
Comparable to works once owned by Picasso, these African artworks are a catalyst for considering Picasso’s collecting taste and the early development of an international African art market. Learn more.
Picasso and American Art Gallery 271
This group of works examines how Picasso’s radical artistic innovations inspired American artists in the early decades of the 20th century to rethink pictorial form and space. Learn more.
Picasso and Spanish Golden-Age Painting Galleries 206, 211, and 212A
With works by such artists as El Greco and Velázquez, this installation focuses on Picasso’s connection to Spain’s artistic past—a connection that was often political and at times personal. Learn more.
Picasso and Cézanne Gallery 246
This presentation features works by Cézanne, whom Picasso saw as “a father for all of us.” Learn more.
Picasso and Man Ray Gallery 10
This selection of photograms by Man Ray offers insight into the two artists’ friendship and artistic exchanges from the early 1920s, when they first met in Paris, through the next two decades. Learn more.
Picasso and Ancient Greek Vases Gallery 151
A selection of Greek vases explores the influence of the classical theme of the wine god Dionysos and his entourage on Picasso. Learn more.
Sculpture and the Architectural Frame Gallery 24
This exhibition explores architectural engagement with sculpture from Beaux-Arts monuments, Picasso’s piece in Daley Plaza, and other seminal works of mid-century public art to postmodern inversions of structure and decor. Learn more.
The Mark of Modernism: Published Picasso Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
Books of classic literature, collections of Surrealist poetry, and art journals reveal Picasso’s prolific work as both a collaborator and creator of illustrated books, magazines, and other ephemera. Learn more.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the revolutionary Armory Show, where Picasso's work was first introduced to American museum audiences, Gallery 391 will showcase the works in the museum’s modern art collection that were displayed at the original 1913 exhibition. This presentation will be complemented by a special online exhibition, which details the groundbreaking show’s history and legacy in Chicago, as well as a display of archival materials in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, opening April 23, that offers a glimpse of the museum 100 years ago.
The museum will also offer a full slate of programs that bring Picasso to life. Highlights include a lecture by Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker and a symposium featuring Michael FitzGerald, Trinity College, Hartford; Janine Mileaf, Arts Club of Chicago; and Diana Widmaier Picasso, an expert on the artist’s sculpture.
2 hours 8 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT A view of George F. Harding’s “castle museum,” built in 1927.
The prominent businessman and politician had already amassed a sprawling collection of artworks, arms, and armor when he built an annex to his home on Chicago’s South Side. The Gothic Revival stone turret—complete with cannonballs embedded in the exterior walls—also included a dungeon and secret passages. Following Harding's death in 1939, the “castle” became a public museum for two decades until it was demolished during an urban renewal project. The collection was eventually brought to the Art Institute, fulfilling Harding’s intention to offer his stunning collection of art, arms, and armor to the people of Chicago.
See Harding's collection like never before in Saints & Heroes: Art of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.
4 hours 43 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SUNDAY—Rodney McMillian: a great society
Grappling with the complexities of class, race, and place in America, Rodney McMillian employs elements of performance, public speaking, oral history—and his interest in the science fiction genre—to expose the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality and endemic racism. While his work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.