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Picasso and Paper

25 January — 13 April 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

Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for ‘Guernica’ to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this major exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career.

Useful information

★ Allow 1 – 2 hours.
★ Book ahead, especially for weekend visits.
★ 6 – 10pm on Fridays are typically a quieter time to visit.
★ We are unable to store large bags, luggage or scooters.
Friends of the RA can visit any time, even during sold out slots.

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.

Picasso and Paper is open every Friday until 10pm. We will also be open until 8pm on Saturday 25 January and 4 April.

25 January — 13 April 2020

Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm

Open until 8pm 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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