Art. Money. Museum: The Picasso Story, 50 Years Later

Exhibition Overview


The Picasso Story

In 1968, the Kunstmuseum Basel was the scene of a premiere: the first public presentation of the complete set of Picassos that the museum had acquired the year before. The fiftieth anniversary of this milestone is an excellent occasion for an extended presentation of art from the collection that takes a fresh look at the events around the purchase of Picasso’s Les deux frères and Arlequin assis by the citizenry of Basel and Picasso’s subsequent donation of several paintings to the museum. The show turns the spotlight on the actors whose concerted efforts secured these works that have become anchors of the collection’s identity and a treasure beloved by the people of Basel: now as then, the museum’s development depends on an ongoing dialogue between citizenry, artists, director, and patrons.

(Photo: Courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel)

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