Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris opened this week at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibition surveys Picasso’s work over a 40 year period (1905 – 1945), a crucial period in his career. Through these decades, Picasso experimented with abstraction, pioneered cubism, and engaged in dialogue with surrealism and other important art movements. The role of Paris in modern art is assessed along side the personal growth of the artist, especially viewing the French City in context of ex-patriot artists that made it their home (for example Man Ray and Marc Chagall).

On view through April 25, 2010.

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