Pablo Picasso – La Celestina, 1904, oil on canvas, 81 x 60 cm

Palazzo Reale presents a major retrospective who tell one of the artists who has most influenced the twentieth century: Pablo Picasso, who returns to Milan with over 200 works including paintings, sculptures, photographs and film coming directly from the Musée National Picasso in Paris.

The exhibition is curated by Anne Baldassarri, internationally recognized as one of the most important experts on the artist and curator of the Musée National Picasso in Paris, where the world’s largest collection of works by the Spanish artist is kept.  The major retrospective represents a true excursus of Picasso’s production through his long career,  an uninterrupted evolution of the artistic expression that runs parallel to the history of twentieth century art.

The exhibition includes many of his most famous masterpieces:” la Celestina”1904, “Man with the mandolin” 1911, “Portrait of Olga” 1918, “Two women running on the beach” 1922, “Paul as Harlequin” 1924,, Portrait of Dora Maar” and “The Suppliant” 1937.

Will be also present a section documenting the historic exhibition presented by Picasso in 1953 when the large canvas of Guernica was exhibited for the first time in Italy at the Palazzo Reale (1937). This stunning collection of works offers a unique opportunity to deal with the most extraordinary artistic phases of Modernity, as evidenced by the single genius of Pablo Picasso.
A combination of genius and artistic languages that will enrich the city of unparalleled beauty.


Pablo Picasso |Retrospective
20 sept 2012 –  06 jan 2013 | Palazzo Reale | Milan
Piazza Duomo 12
Ph. 02 54911


Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973), was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Picasso is commonly regarded as one of the artist who most defined the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics. Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.