Picasso: Birth of a Genius
Picasso: Birth of a Genius

UCCA Center of Contemporary Art
4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing ShiBeijingChina
June 15–September 1, 2019

Mother and Child. (Fall 1907). Musée national Picasso-Paris. © Succession Picasso 2018

UCCA is pleased to announce that “Picasso – Birth of a Genius”—the most significant exhibition of work by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) ever to take place in China—will be presented at UCCA between June 15 and September 1, 2019. The exhibition, which offers a comprehensive overview of the first three decades of Picasso’s career, is drawn from the collection of the Musée national Picasso-Paris. It includes 103 works in total, including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.

Taken together, these works, realized between 1893 and 1921, tell the story of the creative formation and evolution of the most daring, original, and prolific talent in the history of modern art. The exhibition, curated by Emilia Philippot, Head of Collections, Musée national Picasso-Paris, has been conceived and organized specifically for this presentation at UCCA and in China.

The three decades under consideration here were a period of artistic discovery and ferment for the young Picasso, whose style underwent numerous changes, from the academic realism of his student days to his post-war return to classical style after the great Cubist adventure; from the alternately somber and carnivalesque motifs of the Blue and Rose periods to the primitivist explorations which ultimately led to the multiple phases of Cubism. Accordingly, the exhibition while reaffirming coexistence of several seemingly contradictory languages in Picasso’s works, alsogives a sense of the lived realities that influenced these artistic shifts.