February 3 – May 26, 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.
Yo Picasso, 1901
Private Collection © Succession Picasso / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich
Arlequin accoudé, 1901
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Loeb Gift, 1960 © Succession Picasso / ProLitteris, Zürich 2018 Foto ©The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource/Scala, Florence
LA VIE, 1903
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Schenkung Hanna Fund © Succession Picasso / 2018, ProLitteris, Zürich Foto: © The Cleveland Museum of Art
Acrobate et jeune arlequin, 1905
Privatsammlung © Succession Picasso / ProLitteris, Zürich 2018
Femme à la chemise, c. 1905
Tate: Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933 © Succession Picasso / ProLitteris, Zürich, 2018 © Tate, London 2017
ARLEQUIN ASSIS SUR FOND ROUGE, 1905
Watercolour and ink on cardboard, 57.5 x 41.2 cm Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Museum Berggruen © Succession Picasso / 2018 ProLitteris, Zurich 2018 Photo: bpk / Nationalgalerie, SMB, Museum Berggruen / Jens Ziehe
Nu sur fond rouge, vers 1906
Paris, musée de l'Orangerie, collection Jean Walter et Paul Guillaume © Succession Picasso Picasso / ProLitteris, Zürich 2018 Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée de l'Orangerie) / Hervé Lewandowski
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.
Events "The Young PICASSO – Blue and Rose Periods"
The Fondation Beyeler invites you to immerse yourself in the world of the early 20th century: for the duration of the exhibition from 3 February to 26 May 2019, the museum’s basement level will host the Café Parisien, where visitors can eat, drink, talk, and enjoy the venue’s special and nostalgic atmosphere. On Wednesdays, the Café Parisien turns into a variety theatre, hosting colourful, entertaining and artistic acts. As a young man in Paris, Pablo Picasso moved in bohemian circles of artists and acrobats. The inspiration he drew from these companions and from their shared favourite haunts can be traced in many of the works created during this period.
Events and Tips
Picasso: Blue & Rose Hour
Every Wednesday evening, visitors can immerse themselves in early 20th-century Paris nightlife at the Café Parisien. Its wide-ranging programme covers flamenco, burlesque, drag shows, French chanson, literary events and art historical lectures. One Friday a month, the Fondation Beyeler organises a morning meditation at the museum. MIND IN Meditation guides participants through the meditation to help them sense and perceive the effect of the colour pink.
Young Studio – "Picasso – Blue and Rose Periods"
EVERY FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, 6PM – Discover and discuss the exhibition «Picasso – Blue and Rose Periods», and try your own hand as an artist in our studio. First Wednesday of the month, as from 6pm. Book your place by emailing email@example.com
Drawing with Picasso
EVERY THURSDAY, 9–10AM – Accompanied by a drawing expert, you have a whole hour to explore Picasso’s masterpieces and try out fascinating techniques and ways of working in front of the originals. CHF 10 + admission.
Open Studio "Picasso"
LAST WEEKEND OF EVERY MONTH – The Open Studio on the last weekend of the month is a chance to explore Picasso’s subjects and techniques in greater depth and try some hands-on artistic activities. Friday (2–6pm), Saturday (10am–6pm) and Sunday (10am–6pm). Free of charge, no booking necessary.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 6.30–11PM – Freaky, sexy, swanky, strange – anybody nostalgic for early 1920s bohemia should attend. Guests can look forward to an unforgettable evening including a tour of the exhibition followed by a colourful and artistic dance, acrobatics and music show. The ticket price includes admission to the museum, the show, delicious tapas and a welcome drink. Price: CHF 150 per person. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
FAMILY DAY “PICASSO“
SUNDAY, MAY 5 – Guided tours, workshops and museum games, as well as admission for children, teens and young adults up to 25 years, are free of charge. Adults pay the regular museum admission.
Museum Admission Voucher Set of 3
"The Young PICASSO – Blue and Rose Periods" February 3 – May 26, 2019: In what will be the cultural highlight of the year, the Fondation Beyeler will present a unique exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s early masterpieces. "Rudolf Stingel" May 26 – October 6, 2019: The first museum show in Europe to present a career-spanning selection of Rudolf Stingel’s major series of works. Developed in close collaboration with the artist. "Resonating Spaces" October 6, 2019 – January 26, 2020: The autumn exhibition brings together exemplary works by renowned contemporary artists, who give varied forms to specific qualities of spatiality.
|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
|CHF/EUR 25 |
|Additional information on school groups|| |
|School groups from the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft|| |
|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:
Partners and donors
As well as further patrons who prefer to remain anonymous.