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Picasso and Paper

25 January — 13 April 2020

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Pablo Picasso rewrote the rules of painting, but he also tore up the rulebook for paper. Bringing together more than 300 of the artist’s works, both on and with paper, this exhibition spans his entire prolific career and represents a significant chapter in modern art.

For Picasso, paper was more than his rehearsal room, more than just a vehicle for nascent ideas. Ever-resourceful, he used everything from café tablecloths and newspaper cuttings to antique papers with distinctive watermarks. He created sculptures with torn and burnt pieces of paper, assembled collages, worked with pastel, gouache and watercolour, and spent decades investigating an array of printmaking techniques – all on the medium of paper.

This ground-breaking exhibition charts Picasso’s ingenious use of this universal material. Spanning his entire 80-year career, it offers new insights into his creative spirit and working methods. Highlights include Women at Their Toilette (1937-8), a 4.8 metre-wide collage that will be shown in the UK for the first time in over 50 years. There will also be Cubist papier-collés (cut and pasted papers), sketchbook studies for his great masterpiece, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, and documentary footage that offers a rare glimpse of Picasso at work.

Alongside a select number of key paintings and sculptures, we reveal how paper allowed Picasso to push the boundaries of thought and practice; inventing a whole universe of art as he went.

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

Looking for Friends previews? Reserve your slot for 22-24 January.

25 January — 13 April 2020

Daily 10am – 6pm Friday 10am – 10pm

Open until 10pm on Saturday 25 January and 4 April

Tickets £18 – £22. Concessions available. Become a Friend to see for free and visit at any time

Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

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