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We will be open to Friends of the RA from Thursday 9 July, and to the public from 16 July. Find out more and plan your visit.

Picasso and Paper

25 January — 2 August 2020

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★★★★★

"This spectacular show displays a relentless creativity."

The Guardian

★★★★★

"A paper trail that leads you through the fabulously creative and fantastically fertile career of the world’s most famous modernist."

The Telegraph

★★★★★

“This big, magnificent exhibition explores his relationship with paper.”

Evening Standard

★★★★

"A show to sweep you up into a vortex of energy."

The Times

We’re reopening on 9 July for Friends and 16 July for the public with a last chance to see ‘Picasso and Paper’ – our major exhibition spanning the artist’s 80-year career and featuring 300 works, including studies for ‘Guernica’ and a 4.8-metre-wide collage.

Tickets for the public are now sold out. Become a Friend to book a ticket or sign up to our emails to be notified when new tickets become available.

Essential information:

We’re opening to Friends of the RA on 9 July, and the public on 16 July. Find out about becoming a Friend.
Everyone (including Friends) must book tickets for a timed slot online or by phone.
As a thank you to the UK’s healthcare workers, Blue Light Card holders go free. Book online using the promo code THANKYOU; employee ID required on arrival.
Tickets can be transferred or refunded up to the day – call the RA box office on 0207 300 8090.
Read our full information about visiting the RA and staying safe during Coronvirus.
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For Picasso, paper was both a tool to explore his ideas and a material with limitless possibilities. He experimented with everything from newsprint and napkins to decorative wallpaper. He spent decades investigating printmaking techniques, sourcing rare and antique paper from as far as Japan – and all without losing his compulsion to draw on every last scrap.

From effortlessly expressive drawings that led to towering sculptures to the colossal collage, Femmes à leur toilette, Picasso’s work with paper spans his entire lifetime and showcases his constant drive to invent and innovate.

You will see Picasso’s creative process first-hand in remarkable documentary footage of the artist at work, studies for Guernica, and sketchbooks where the seeds of revolutionary masterpieces first took shape, including Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.

Letters, illustrated poems and photographic collaborations with Dora Maar will also offer glimpses into the artist’s life.

Immerse yourself in Picasso’s world of paper and discover how – with this everyday material we know so well – he found the means to explore the furthest reaches of his creativity.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Cleveland Museum of Art in partnership with the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

25 January — 2 August 2020

Mon–Weds: closed
Thurs–Sun: 11am–4pm

Tickets £20. Concessions available. Become a Friend to see for free. Everyone, including Friends of the RA members, must book a ticket before arriving.

Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

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