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Pablo Picasso
18.09.2009 - 28.01.2010


"Give me a museum and I'll fill it."

Picasso attracted a record number of visitors to Ateneum – 314,755 in total.

An advocate of peace, his finger always on the pulse, the inventor of cubism and maker of collages out of everyday materials, Pablo Picasso is one of the key artists of the 20th century.

Pablo Picasso – Masterpieces from the National Picasso Museum, Paris

The grand exhibition of Ateneum's autumn season presents this master who reinvented his art time after time with inexhaustible creativity, finding his subject matter under the blazing Spanish sun and in the decadent atmosphere of the backstreet cafés of Paris.

There is an exceptionally wide-ranging selection of Picasso's work on show in Helsinki: paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs, bull fights, doves and lovers, portraits, landscapes and still lifes – some two hundred works in total. These travel to Ateneum from the Musée National Picasso in Paris, its director Anne Baldassari being the exhibition curator. Helsinki is the only Scandinavian city hosting this exhibition.

In the spirit of Picasso on Ateneum's third floor

Many Finnish artists have been interested in the different periods of Picasso's art since the 1910s. The focus display on Ateneum's third floor features works by sixteen Finnish artists. It also shows ten prints of Picasso from Ateneum's collections. In the Spirit of Picasso is open until 4 April 2010.

This exhibition is a part of the arts year 2009 programme of Helsinki and the metropolitan region.

HOST CITY: City of Helsinki

In cooperation with: Helsingin Sanomat, KPMG and Mandatum Life

Sponsors: HOK-Elanto and JCDecaux