The Music of Picasso, the exhibition at the Philharmonie de Paris

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 12 August 2020 at 08h11 · Updated on 19 August 2020 at 18h23
The Philharmonie de Paris wonders about the Music of Picasso from September 22, 2020 to January 3, 2021. In a musical tour, the exhibition – co-curated with the Musée Picasso Paris – underlines the place of music in the artist’s works of art, who used to say he did not like music. His meetings at the café-theater, his friendship with artists, and his music instruments, come and discover what a music lover Picasso was.

The Philharmonie’s Musée de la Musique is sure of it; music is omnipresent in fine arts. In many exhibitions, the institution tends to show the influence of music in works by major painters or plastic artists. From September 22, 2020 to January 3, 2020, come and study Pablo Picasso’s work even though the painter used to say he did not like music.

Supported by the Musée Picasso Paris, the museum unveils “The Music of Picasso”, a wonderful exhibition gathering over 250 works of art from public and private collections.

There are paintings, sculptures, relief-paintings, ceramics, drawings, collages by the Spanish genius, divided into 9 sections. They are accompanied by period photographs, movies, as well as stage outfits and – about twenty – music instruments that are said to have belonged to Pablo Picasso even though he did not know how to play them. As many items gathered to show us how much music has influenced Picasso’s work.

How? Even though the artist did not know how to play music, he basked in musical culture. Spain, corridas, flamenco, Paris theater-cafés and ballets he visited. He even was friend with Francis Poulenc, Satie, Stravinsky, Fall and Milhaud. Solicitated by Paris Olympia founder and Moulin Rouge owner Josep Oller, he painted singer Yvette Guilbert in 1901.

The exhibition is packed with treasures. Ballet scenes, stand-stills, portraits, collages, as well as pictures of his life. Masterpiece to discover, La Flûte de Pan, a painting measuring 105x174cm created in 1923, a sort of goodbye to antique dreaming, uses as the visual for the poster of the exhibition.

A section of the exhibition focuses on the analysis of the instruments for their size, drawing, the notions of emptiness and fullness they convey. Mandolin, banjo, violin, guitar, flute, clarinet, xylophone, bala, or tenora, Pablo Picasso was mostly interested in string instruments. He went up to deconstruct them in 1915 in a series of little-know cubist works displayed here in an entire section.

We hope to make you discover the Music of Picasso in a photo report.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 22 September 2020 to 3 January 2021



    221 Avenue Jean Jaurès
    75019 Paris 19

    Métro ligne 5 station "Porte de Pantin"

    Tarif réduit: 9 €
    Tarif plein: 12 €

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