NEWS: Tate Modern Will Present Major Picasso Exhibition in 2018

Tate Modern has today announced that it will be presenting a landmark Picasso exhibition in Spring 2018. 

Le Reve (The Dream), Pablo Picasso, 1932. Private collection (c)Succession Picasso/DACS 2017.

The Tate Modern’s major new exhibition will explore a pivotal year in Picasso’s life and work. This new display will be the first solo exhibition of Picasso’s work ever to be held at the gallery.

Opening in March 2018, Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy will take visitors on a month -by-month journey through 1932, highlighting a time of Picasso’s life that has been called his ‘year of wonders’.

The exhibition will bring together more than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper to demonstrate his prolific and restlessly inventive character, while stripping away myths surrounding him and his work.

Achim Borchardt-Hume, Director of Exhibitions, Tate Modern and co-curator of the exhibition said: ‘Picasso famously described painting as “just another form of keeping a diary”. This exhibition will invite you to get close to the artist, to his ways of thinking and working, and to the tribulations of his personal life at a pivotal moment in his career. By showing stellar loans from public and private collections in the order in which they were made, this exhibition will allow a new generation to discover Picasso’s explosive energy, while surprising those who think they already know the artist.’

During 1932, the artist Picasso was keeping a  delicate balance between tending to his wife Olga Khokhlova and their 11-year-old son Paulo, and his passionate love affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter, 28 years his junior. At the same time it was a time of  invention and reflection.

Some of the highlights of the exhibition will include Jeune fille devant un miroir (Girl before a Mirror), a signature painting that rarely leaves The Museum of Modern Art, and the legendary Le rêve (The Dream), a virtuoso masterpiece depicting the artist’s muse in ecstatic reverie, which has never been exhibited in the UK before.

Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy will be on display at the Tate Modern from the 8th March until the 9th September 2018. For more information visit:


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