A special exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, surveys eight decades of Pablo Picasso’s creativity through the spaces he worked

On 1 July 2020 Qatar Museums reopened the Fire Station: Artist in Residence and unveiled the special exhibition Picasso’s Studios in the Garage Gallery. The exhibition features 108 extraordinary artworks by Pablo Picasso selected from the unparalleled collection of the Musée National Picasso in Paris, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and ceramics. On view through 1 November 2020, the innovative exhibition traces the evolution of Picasso’s epoch-making art by presenting it in eight distinct galleries, representing the series of studios where he worked throughout his career.

Sheikha Reem Al Thani, Director of Exhibitions at Qatar Museums, said: “We are absolutely delighted to finally be able to share with the public this exceptional exhibition we have organized in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso in Paris. Picassos Studios is a celebration of a great artist’s career and gives us a unique view into his art practice. All the works at one time belonged to the artist’s personal collection, and all are grouped within the exhibition to recall the places in which they were created. It is especially appropriate that we are presenting Picassos Studios at the Fire Station: Artist in Residence, where outstanding contemporary Qatari artists produce and show their work in Doha today.”

Spanning eight decades, from Picasso’s arrival in Paris in 1900 to his final years on the Mediterranean in the 1970s, the exhibition is part of the 2020 Qatar-France Year of Culture, a Qatar Museums initiative dedicated to building bridges between the people and institutions of these two nations.

Aisha Ghanem Al Attiya, Head of Years of Culture, Qatar Museums said: “Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of his generation, spent most of his adult life in France where he fell in love with the country and its riviera towns. We are pleased to bring this outstanding exhibition to Qatar as part of our Year of Culture programme, and introduce the collection of one of France’s most iconic museums to our audiences.”

Picassos Studios is curated by Virginie Perdrisot-Cassan, Curator of Paintings (1921-1973), Sculptures and Ceramics at the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

Organised chronologically, the exhibition focuses on the eight studios where the artist worked:

Le Bateau-Lavoir, Picasso’s bohemian workspace in the Butte Montmartre, Paris, a former piano studio converted into workshops (May 1904 – September 1909; 1912), represented in the exhibition by Sacré-Coeur (Winter 1909–1910, oil on canvas) and other works.

Studio at rue Schoelcher, a bourgeois apartment in the Montparnasse district in the south of Paris (September 1913-1916), where Picasso created works such as the exhibition highlight Man at the Fireplace(1916, oil on canvas).

Studio at rue La Boétie at Paris’s 23 rue de la Boétie (November 1918-1940, 1951), represented in the exhibition by the painting Studies (1920) and the charcoal drawing The Artist in Front of His Canvas (22 March 1938).

The Castle at Boisgeloup in Normandy, a 17th-century mansion that the artist purchased to establish a workshop large enough for sculpture (June 1930 – autumn 1936), where Picasso created the works Womans Head in Profile – Marie-Thérèse (1931, bronze) and Still Life: Bust, Fruit Dish and Palette (3 March 1932, oil on canvas).

The Studio at rue des Grands-Augustins (1937 – spring 1967) in Paris, where Picasso painted Guernica (1937) (which remains on permanent view at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid), as well as the Doha exhibition highlight The Kitchen (November 1948, oil on canvas).

The Fournas Studio in Vallauris, Côte d’Azur in the south of France (1948-1955), where the artist created more than 4,000 pieces of ceramic ware.

The much-photographed Studio of La Californie, Picasso’s home, studio and gallery in Cannes, Côte d’Azur (1955 – 1961), where he created The Studio of La Californie (30 March 1956, oil on canvas) and The Bay at Cannes (19 April 1958–9 June 1958, oil on canvas).

Picasso’s retreat at the Vauvenargues Castle to the Mas de Notre Dame de Vie in Provence (1958-1973), built in front of Mont Ste. Victoire, famously painted by Paul Cézanne, where Picasso created the exhibition highlight Womans Head (late 1962, painted sheet metal).

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