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.