Exhibition Picasso et la guerre

Les Invalides – Army Museum
Exhibition Picasso et la guerre (Picasso and War Exhibition)
From 5th April 2019 — 28th July 2019

Through this exhibit, the Musée de l’Armée - Invalides and the Picasso National Museum explore Picasso's relationship with war, and how this shaped his work.

Accompanied by an expert guide, you'll discover the artist's works and personal archives which offer a rich insight into the realities of conflict in Picasso's era.

The exhibition follows a journey through the artist's life. It begins with Picasso's early years, during which war appeared only briefly - if at all- in his work.

The first conflict to personally affect Picasso was the First World War, during which time he was living in France and a number of his friends were conscripted. Despite this, the war remained wholly absent from his work.

Your guide will explain how it was the Spanish Civil War which marked a true turning point in how Picasso viewed conflict. During the 1930s, Picasso made his first political stand by painting the renowned Guernica in 1937. A pivotal point in his career, it was then that Picasso aimed to promote peace and expose the atrocities of war. The exhibition opens with a full-scale reproduction of this painting, inviting visitors to study the masterpiece to help contextualise the exhibition as a whole.

When the Second World War broke out in 1939, Picasso remained in Paris throughout the occupation, where he dedicated himself to his art in his studio. Rather than representing the overt horrors of war in his work, he mainly followed the theme of death; during this period, skulls and sombre tones were hallmarks of his art.

Following the Liberation, Picasso became a celebrity. He joined the communist party, who commissioned his work to further their cause. Picasso advocated peace and warned against the tragedy of war through his art, with his dove motif becoming an internationally-recognised symbol for peace. During this time, he also released history paintings inspired by conflicts arising from decolonisation and the Cold War. Notably, this exhibition presents War and Peace (1951), Massacre in Korea (1951) and Rape of the Sabine Women (1962).

This guided tour will give you an exclusive insight into the major conflicts which marked the 20th century, exploring them through the eyes of Pablo Picasso.

>> Enjoy this unique opportunity to visit the museum after public opening hours.

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Min. billing : 1 per person - Max per group : 25 per person

For preferential rates related to age, proof of identity will be required. Access may be refused in case of non compliance with the age limits.

Essential information

Exhibition Picasso et la guerre (Picasso and War Exhibition)
From 5th April 2019 — 28th July 2019

For your information, this ticket does not permit access to the Dôme des Invalides.

Additional informations

  • Address
    • Les Invalides – Army Museum
    • 129 rue de Grenelle
    • 75007 Paris
  • Access
    • Métro : La Tour Maubourg (L8), Invalides (L8), Varennes (L13), Saint François-Xavier (L13)
    • Bus : 28, 69, 82, 92, 63, 83, 93

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