This weekend sees the grand reopening of Berlin’s Berggruen Museum, whose newly extended collection contains some of the finest examples of classic modern art featuring works by modernist masters including Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti and Paul Klee. Pride of place however goes to Picasso and some 100 of his works are on display here. Entitled ‘Picasso and his Time’ the ensemble represents every phase and period of the artist’s extensive portfolio, from early sketches and sculpting to some of his finest masterpieces including works from his Blue and Rose periods in addition to Cubism and Classicism. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.
And yet, travel to any number of European cities and you’ll be able to appreciate the works of this phenomenal 20th-century visionary artist. In Barcelona, the Museu Picasso is the city’s most visited museum, housed in three beautiful stone mansions on the Carrer de Montcada. Celebrating its 50th year, the museum features the most important and complete collection of Picasso’s earlier works (in particular those created between 1895 and 1904, the years in which he lived in Barcelona) and provides a unique appreciation of his artistic development. The museum has over 3,000 different pieces, ranging from paintings to ceramics and engravings to drawings and numerous works from his Blue Period are exhibited alongside various representations of his later Rose Period. What’s more, until September 1st you’ll be able to view a special monographic exhibition, ‘Yo, Picasso’, dedicated to the self-portraits of Picasso. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm.
In Paris meanwhile, the prestigious Musée National Picasso is sadly closed to the public throughout 2013 whilst it undertakes extensive renovation work, however Picasso enthusiasts can find his work exhibited across the city at the Centre Pompidou, the Musée de l’Orangerie, the Musée d’Orsay and Musée d’Art Moderne.
Any homage to Picasso must surely include the city of his birth, Málaga, where the Museo Picasso Málaga was created in 2003 in direct response to the artist’s desire that his work be permanently displayed in his birthplace. Here you’ll find nearly 300 works in the collection covering eight decades of Picasso’s art. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the museum is presenting a number of special exhibitions. From June 24th to October 6th, ‘Pablo Picasso. Family Album’ focuses on the artist’s sense of kinship and genealogy. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm (9pm on Fridays and Saturdays).
Finally, until July 21st, the Kunstmuseum in Basel presents an ambitious retrospective of Picasso’s works drawn both from its own collections and from the city’s Fondation Beyeler, not to mention from a number of private collections. The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to the world’s largest collection of works by the Holbein family as well as several examples of Renaissance art. The 17th and 18th Centuries are also represented by Rubens, Jordaens, and Bruegel the Elder, whilst Cubism, German and Abstract Expressionism and post-1950 American art are also on display, featuring works by Klee, Chagall, Braque and Léger, amongst many others. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.