February 3 – June 16, 2019

The young PICASSO - Blue and Rose Periods

In 2019, as an exceptional cultural highlight, the Fondation Beyeler is mounting a unique exhibition devoted to Pablo Picasso’s masterpieces of his early Blue and Rose periods. This will be the most comprehensive presentation ever seen in Europe of Picasso’s paintings and sculptures from 1901 to 1906, each one of which is a milestone on the road to recognition as the twentieth century’s paramount artist. Picasso’s pictures from this period are counted among the most beautiful examples of modern art and are certainly some of the most valuable art works anywhere in the world.

At the age of just twenty, the aspiring genius Picasso (1881 – 1973) was already engaged in a restless search for new themes and forms of expression, which he immediately brought to perfection. One artistic revolution followed another, in a rapid succession of changing styles and visual worlds. The forthcoming exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler places the focus on the Blue and Rose periods, and thus on a central phase in Picasso’s work. It also sheds fresh light on the emergence, from 1907 onward, of Cubism, as an epochal new movement that was nevertheless rooted in the art of the preceding period.

Room Guide

In these poignant and magical works, realized in Spain and France, Picasso – the artist of the century – creates images that have a universal evocative power. Matters of existential significance, such as life, love, sexuality, fate, and death, find their embodiment in the delicate beauty of young women and men, but also in depictions of children and old people who carry within them happiness and joy, accompanied by sadness.

The exhibition features around 75 masterpieces on loan from major museums and private collections worldwide. In a multimedia space, fascinating and interactive books and a film allow visitors to immerse themselves in the young artist’s life and work.

Admission Picasso

You can buy tickets for the exhibition online in advance, to avoid queuing at the ticket office. Groups of 20 or more are required to book in writing in advance even if no tour guide is needed.

Adults CHF/EUR 30.–
Online ticket booked in advance until 31. 12. 2018 CHF/EUR 25.–
Admission after 4.30 p.m. CHF/EUR 25.–
Combination ticket Picasso, Stingel, Resonating Spaces
Buy online
(Available up to May 26, 2019. Cannot be combined with other discounts)
School and university students (with ID) 16-30 years old CHF/EUR 15.–
Students at the Kunsthistorisches Seminar Basel and Schule Kunst und Gestaltung Basel free admission
Children up to age 15 free admission
Groups of 20 or more
advance reservation required
per person 
Additional information on school groups


School groups from the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft

Free admission

Workshops and guided tours for all school groups (until December 31, 2019)


School Groups
Reservation required via the online-form
Additional information for school groups


Classes: without prior appointment a charge of CHF 50 will be raised
Public tours (held daily, in German), price per person CHF/EUR 7.–
Private tours for groups (max. 20 persons) CHF/EUR 800.–
Evening tours with apéritif/dinner price on request

Exhibition organised by the Fondation Beyeler in collaboration with the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris, and the Musée National Picasso-Paris. 

The exhibition is generously supported by:

Main partner

Partners and donors

As well as further patrons who prefer to remain anonymous.

Media partner