Pablo PICASSO – Masterpieces from Musée National Picasso

Posted: May 30, 2012 by ivanvania in July 2012, June 2012, May 2012
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Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. He is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work.


The exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from May 19 to July 22 includes work from his Blue, Rose and Cubist periods as well as Neoclassical and Expressionist pieces, the organisers said.

Musee National Picasso chairwoman Anne Baldassari said she was excited to show the work in China. The exhibition has already been shown in Shanghai and Chengdu.

“In Shanghai it was very important … because it was the first Picasso show in China,” she told AFP as the pieces were unpacked and mounted in the Heritage Museum at Sha Tin.

“It was a very strong discovery for the Chinese public.”Baldassari said interest in the exhibition among Chinese visitors reflected the growing appreciation of Western art among Chinese collectors and dealers.

“Picasso was very impressed by the way Chinese painters were considering art as a language and painting as a sign, and not as a representation,” she said.

“Because he was fighting against the idea of representation, he was always looking at Chinese painting (and) African sculpture as a main reference.

“He was deeply convinced that Chinese painting and African sculpture were bringing something into France — a new approach, maybe not new, a very different approach.”

The Picasso exhibition is on a world tour while the Musee National Picasso is closed for renovation. It has already visited the United States and Australia.

Hong Kong has emerged as a major centre of international art in recent years, with this week’s Hong Kong International Art Fair expected to attract more than 60,000 visitors and hundreds of dealers from around the world.

Prestigious Western galleries such as Gagosian, White Cube and Acquavella have recently opened franchises in the semi-autonomous southern city in a bid to tap the exploding Chinese market for high-end art.


Ticket Sales Latest Status (as at 30 May, 2:15pm)Viewing Sessions Sold Out
30 May: 1 pm – 5 pm
2 June: all sessions
3 June: all sessions
9 June: all sessions
10 June: all sessions
16 June: 12 noon – 2 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm, 4 pm – 6 pm & 6 pm – 8 pm
17 June: 12 noon – 2 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm & 4 pm – 6 pm
23 June: 2 pm – 4 pm & 4 pm – 6 pm
24 June: 2 pm – 4 pm & 4 pm – 6 pm

Limited tickets available
17 June: 6 pm – 8 pm

For enquiries, please call the Museum at 2180 8188 or the URBTIX / credit card telephone booking at 2734 9009 / 2111 5999.

A Documentary Film of Picasso

In association with this exhibition, a documentary film of Picasso (duration: 1 hour and 43 minutes) is being screened in Orientation Theatre at the ground floor of the Museum during the exhibition period. The film is provided by the Musée National Picasso, Paris.

Comprising mainly black and white silent film footage and sectioned into nine chapters according to varied themes, the documentary is a selection of short clips showing Picasso at home or at work. It shows the artist at his studios working on his paintings, ceramics or sculptures, as well as with friends and family on various occasions. The film also features images of Picasso’s theatre projects and close-up shots of some of Picasso’s famous works, through which the audience can enjoy viewing in detail some of his unique body of works, such as the paper sculptures with bullfighting themes, or his series of ceramics. Majority of which belonging to the Picasso Archives at the Musée National Picasso, these valuable video clips show Picasso under the lens of the media, his family and friends. Capturing the artist in the most direct and candid manner, they offer an unusual angle for us to further understand this great artistic master.

Free viewing, admission ticket is not required. Limited seats on a first-come-first-served basis.

* Mainly black and white silent film with limited French narration, and no English or Chinese subtitles

Screening Time
10:15 am
12:15 pm
2:15 pm
4:15 pm
6:15 pm

Opening Hours


The Museum will be opened from 10am to 8pm daily during the special exhibition period.
The special exhibition will be closed on Museum rest day on Tuesdays.
For this special exhibition, there will be three viewing sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; five viewing sessions on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.


Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Slot Viewing time
1 10am – 1pm
2 1pm – 5pm
3 5pm – 8pm


Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
Slot Viewing time
1 10am – Noon
2 Noon – 2pm
3 2pm – 4pm
4 4pm – 6pm
5 6pm – 8pm


Admission Fee


A special admission fee for this exhibition is standardised at $20 for one viewing session. One ticket per one person. Free admission for children under 4. Ticket holders can also visit other general exhibition galleries in the museum for free.
Free admission on Wednesdays does not apply to this exhibition.
Schools, registered charitable and non-profit-making organisations which make a group visit with a minimum of 20 persons can apply in writing for free admission. Press here to download an application form.


Ticketing Information


The admission tickets of the exhibition will be sold at URBTIX outlets and HKHM box office starting from 4 May 2012 in three phases.


Phase Commencement date for ticket sale
1st May 4 (for exhibition dates from May 19 up to June 8)
2nd May 25 (for exhibition dates up to June 29)
3rd June 15 (for exhibition dates up to July 22)


URBTIX Internet Ticketing (website and Credit Card Telephone Booking Services (daily from 10am to 8pm on hotline (852)2111-5999) for the 2nd and 3rd phases tickets are available on the first counter sale date.
Counter sale service at URBTIX outlets and HKHM box office starts from 10am. URBTIX Internet Ticketing and Credit Card Telephone Booking Services also start from 10am.


Museum Pass Holders


LCSD museum pass holders are required to present their museum pass for redemption of admission vouchers for admission to the exhibition. Vouchers will be available for redemption on a first-come, first-served basis at the museum 15 minutes before each viewing session.

Via Heritage Museum

For those who still don’t know why he is so famous you can read the wikipedia article about him in English or Chinese


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