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PICASSO 1932

Tate Modern’s ‘once in a lifetime’ Picasso exhibition, featuring the artist’s greatest works, is opening in March.

The landmark show titled ‘Picasso 1932’ is the first solo exhibition of Picasso’s work to be held in Tate Modern, documenting the ‘year of wonder’ - a key time in the artist’s life. 1932 was when Picasso cemented himself as the legendary creative force we know him as today, as he reached the peak of his celebrity status and created some of his most revered works from the comforts of his newly acquired country estate.

The show is being staged as a collaboration between the Musée National-Picasso in Paris and Tate Modern, and more than 100 works will be placed on display, including paintings, sculptures and drawings, mixed with family photographs and rare glimpses into his personal life. 

Three of his extraordinary paintings featuring his young lover Marie-Thérèse Walter will be shown together for the first time since they were created over a period of just five days in March 1932. Also being loaned is Jeune Fille Devant un Miroir (Girl Before a Mirror), a jewel in the collection of Moma in New York that rarely travels.

The show will also feature realist portraits Picasso made of his first wife, Olga Khokhlova, and their 11-year-old son Paulo, as well as atmospheric surrealist works, drawings of the crucifixion and voluptuous sculptures that he made at his newly acquired chateau and country estate at Boisgeloup, 40 miles from Paris.

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy
8 March – 9 September 2018
Tate Modern

Image: Pablo Picasso, Nude Woman in a Red Armchair (Femme nue dans un fauteuil rouge), 1932, Tate. Purchased 1953, © Succession Picasso/DACS London, 2017