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Events in Milan and surroundings: detail

to February 17 2019



The exhibition Picasso Metamorphosis to be held at the Palazzo Reale from 18 October will be a central feature of the autumn season in Milan: devoted to the multifaceted and fruitful relationship the Spanish genius entertained with myth and antiquity throughout his remarkable career, it aims to explore his intense and complex creative process from this particular perspective.

Promoted and produced by the Cultural Department of the City Council of Milan, Palazzo Reale and MondoMostreSkira, the exhibition is curated by Pascale Picard, Director of the Civic Museums of Avignon. The project constitutes the Milanese leg of the great triennal European exhibition Picasso-Méditerranée, promoted by the Musée Picasso of Paris along with other international institutions. It features around 200 displays, including both works by Picasso and ancient artworks that inspired the great master, from the Musée National Picasso in Parisand other leading European museums, such as the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Musei Vaticani in Rome, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, the Musée Picasso in Antibes, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, the Museu Picasso in Barcelona.

The project is part of an itinerary devoted to the great artist that Palazzo Reale has been developing for decades: a genuine cycle of Picasso exhibitions that has made the relationship between the Spanish master and Milan a special one. It all started with the display of Guernica in the Sala delle Cariatidi (Hall of Caryatids) in 1953: a remarkable event and a genuine gift to the city from Picasso. Almost half a century later, this was followed by the grand retrospective exhibition organized, in collaboration with the artist's heirs, in September 2001, four days after the attack on the Twin Towers. Finally, the monographic exhibition of 2012 provided a chronological overview of the different techniques and means of expression marking the Spanish master's oeuvre.

With Picasso Metamorphosis the focus shifts to the various expressions of antiquity to be found in the mythologies reinvented by Picassoand illustrated in six sections through the juxtaposition of works by the great artist and ancient ones – pottery, statues, votive plaques, reliefs, idols, and stelae – that have inspired and deeply influenced him.

The exhibition Picasso Metamorphosis therefore, aims to delve into the intimate workshop of a world-class artist in the light of the ancient sources that have inspired his work. But it also aims to reveal the underlying mechanisms of a unique alchemy that set antiquity at the heart of modernity, and which proved crucial for 20th-century art.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday - Friday - Sunday: 9.30 - 19.30

  • Monday: 9.00 - 14.00 - Schools

  • Monday: 14.30 - 19.30

  • Tursday and Saturday: 9.30 - 22.30


Milano, Palazzo Reale
Piazza del Duomo, 12, 10122 - Milano