About the Exhibition
Ten years after the bombings of 1943, Palazzo Reale hosted a historic event: Pablo Picasso asked The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York to temporarily relocate his famous Guernica, a symbolic painting depicting the ‘horrors of war’ to the Milanese venue, currently the focal point of Palazzo Reale. And that’s how the intense relationship between Milan and Pablo Picasso started (2 more great exhibitions followed in 2001 and 2012). Starting from October a new exhibition, ‘Picasso – Metamorfosi’ explores the artist’s creative process in its complexity, through the exhibition of 200 artworks from international museums all around the world, Musée Picasso Paris, Museu Picasso Barcelona and Musée Picasso (Antibes) included.
The 200 artworks on display – the result of important loans from international museums and institutions – are focused around the theme of ancient mythology, reinterpreted and reinvented by the artists and divided into six sections. Ancient ceramics, vases, statues, plaques, bas-reliefs and idols, which have inspired the artist in his production, are displayed alongside with the iconic creations by Picasso.
The different sections include:
The mythology of Kiss – Ingres, Rodin, Picasso: featuring a selection of the different kisses by Picasso, which have been deeply influenced by Rodin and Ingres. The relationship between men and women, as well as passion, is a focal point in the artist’s production.
Arianna between Minotaur and Faun: this section highlights the nature of mankind, torn between good and evil, human and animal, death and life in an ongoing battle.
At the Spring of the Ancient – the Louvre: a display of some of the artist’s masterpieces that have been inspired by ancient findings hosted within the Louvre museum. One of these is the famous ‘Three women at the spring’.
Les ‘Demoiselles’ of the Dyplon: amidst Greek, Etruscans and Iberian: nakedness has long inspired the artist, especially works resulting from the Greek, Etruscan and Iberian history and mythology. One such example of great beauty if the famous Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.
The Ancient era of the Metamorphosis: The Metamorphosis by Ovidio is one of the other sources of inspiration for Picasso’s works, especially for the characters of his paintings.
Anthropology of the Ancient: ceramics are the protagonist s of this section, as the last chapter of the artits’s production.
Tickets and Information
Open Mon 2.30pm-7.30pm;
Thurs and sat 9.30am-10.30pm.
Full ticket: 14 euro
Reduced ticket: 12 euro
Advanced tickets are available from 26 July on Vivaticket
Groups can’t book for weekends, as reservations for Saturdays and Sundays are sold out, but they can ask to be put in the waiting list by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools can visit the exhibition on Monday morning.
Individual visitors can call +39 (0)292897755
Groups have the dedicated phone number +39 (0)292897793