Picasso at the Art Gallery

Yesterday we visited the Picasso exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney. This is a collection of 150 paintings, drawings and sculptures from Picasso’s personal collection until recently housed in Le Musee National Picasso in Paris. The museum is undergoing renovations and the collection is on a world tour.

I wasn’t familiar with a lot of these work and my favourite paintings were the Portrait of Dora Maar (shown at the beginning of this article) and another surrealist work of a woman titled “The Reader”. Other interesting works were a set of sculptures titled “The Bathers” and the portrait of his first wife Olga, painted in the classical style.

The Art Gallery has done a fine job in making this exhibition a success. They introduced timed ticketing (in 30 minute periods) and it was easy to book tickets in advance then download and print the tickets. This meant that waiting was kept to a minimum and the exhibition wasn’t particularly crowded.

The exhibition is organized into nine large rooms in a chronological sequence of Picasso’s life.   A free brochure was available with background  information but also available on the Art Gallery website with colour images.

The Art Gallery web site has some great resources which I only discovered after we made our visit.  Children can pick up a “Children’s Tail” booklet of activities as well as a paper cut-out project. Both of these can be downloaded from the Art Gallery web site, so adults can have fun as well!

The exhibition runs until the 25th March then leaves Australia, so book your tickets now! It is cheaper than flying to Paris. This reminded me there is competition to win a trip to Paris. We entered our details using the computers near the entrance of the exhibition.

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