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ongoing until January 21, 2018

Scuderie del Quirinale – via XXIV Maggio, 16. Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm. Ticket prices to be defined.

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The exhibition showcases the complex relationship between Pablo Picasso and Italy, from the Neo-classical hints inspired by ancient sculptures and the Roman Renaissance to realist tendencies stemming from the discovery of murals on the walls of Pompeii. The display, in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Berggruen Museum in Berlin, the Fundació Museu Picasso in Barcelona, the National Galleries of Ancient Art in Rome and the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, will feature more than 100 masterpieces illustrating the impact of the so called Italian experience on the artist’s production. The aim of the exhibit is to document the long-term impact of this trip on Picasso and his artistic training.

Curated by Olivier Berggruen, the exhibition retraces, a hundred years later, the journey that Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) carried out with Cocteau and Stravinsky on the footsteps of Sergey Djaghilev‘s Russian Ballets company when the artist would have known and would have fallen in love with Olga Kochlova, the ballet’s first dancer and his first wife. Less than eight weeks (February 17, 1917) that would have been crucial for Picasso’s art development, a Grand Tour that would have put him in comparison with the ancient Roman and Etruscan art, but also with the popular culture (that of puppet shows and postcards with young women in traditional costume) and with the ferments of Futurism.

A number of stunning masterpieces will be on display: from the Portrait of Olga in an Armchair to the Portrait of Paul, Picasso’s son dressed up as Harlequin; from The Italian to Guitar, Bottle, Fruit dish and Glass on the Table; from The Pipes of Pan to Two Women Running on the Beach to the centerpiece of this exhibition: the huge curtain made for the ballet Parade, a large canvas which is on permanent show at the Centre Pompidou. This stunning work of art will not be exhibited at the Scuderie del Quirinale (due to its size) but at the nearby Palazzo Barberini, under the frescoed vaults of Pietro da Cortona.

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