Picasso - Picabia, la peinture au défi

Picasso - Picabia, la peinture au défi


The Musée Granet, a cultural landmark in the City of Aix-en-Provence, is playing host from 9 June to 23 September 2018 to one of the highlights of this summer's artistic calendar: “Picasso Picabia - Painting Defied”.

This exhibition is part of the “Picasso Mediterranean 2017-2019” season launched by the Musée National Picasso, Paris. An unprecedented opportunity to compare and contrast works by two of the greatest names in modern art, founders of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century, it features key works from the museum's collections. This highly original show will also feature many exceptional loans from private owners and leading French and international museums and galleries in France. Organised chronologically and by theme, this exhibition compares masterpieces by an unexpected artistic tandem - “friendly enemies” who, despite their irreconcilable differences, shared an intriguing kinship apparent from the start of their careers. Spanning the decades from the early 20th century to 1973 - the year of Picasso's death - it explores the most outstanding experiments in modern art, from the original Cubism and its successors to the Dada mechanical aesthetic, from Ingres-inspired Classicism to “monster” surrealism, from representational painting to the portrait, and from the use of photography to the return to abstraction at the end of Picabia's life.

Featuring more than 150 works - paintings, drawings, photographs, archive

material and more - displayed in 800 sq.m of exhibition space at the Musée

Granet, this exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the artistic movements of the last century. The common thread running through this unique exhibition, which aims to shed new light on modernity, is the extreme artistic freedom enjoyed by Picabia and Picasso. An extensive catalogue containing articles by leading international experts on both artists has been published to coincide with the show.

This exhibition is jointly organised by the Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence and the Fundación Mapfre, where it will be shown from 12 October 2018 to 13 January 2019. Curators : Aurélie Verdier, curator at the Musée national d'art moderne, MNAM-Cci, Centre Georges Pompidou Bruno Ely, ddirector of the Musée Granet, head curator.

Guided tour in English (1h) :

From June, 9 to September, 23 : on Friday at 3pm. And in July and August, on Wednesday at 3pm.

With the City Pass

Admission to the Musée Granet and Granet XXe is free on presentation of your City Pass. It gives access to the permanent collection and to temporary exhibitions - offer valid for one admission during the period of validity of your Pass. With a dual admission ticket, you should go to the Musée Granet ticket office before going to the Granet XXe.

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From June 9th to September 23rd from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am till 7pm


Entrance between €8.00 and €10.00
Full price: 10 euros
Reduced price: 8 euros

Conditions of application of tariffs:
Reduced rate: apprentices under 25, holders of a disability card, accompanying persons with a disability card, for bulk purchases from 15 paid admissions, holders of a ticket under 6 month of the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM, Marseille), and during the exhibition Picasso Picabia only, the holders of a ticket of the International Piano Festival of Roque d'Anthéron 2018.

Free: under 18, students under 26, long-term jobseekers (from 6 months), RSA beneficiaries (with proof of proof of less than 3 months), holders of the minimum old-age pension , holders of a disability card, holder of a CCAS card from Aix-en-Provence, holders of the Ministry of Culture card, members of Icom, Icomos, AGCCPF, journalists, regional, national and international speakers , group guides, members of the association "Friends of the Granet Museum", members of the association Maison des artistes, subscribers of the Granet museum, teachers of the Aix-en-Provence School of Art, holders City Pass Aix-en-Provence.

Reduced rates and gratuities are only granted on presentation of valid proof.

Access to the Granet XXe site, Jean Planque collection included.

Guided tours: entrance fee plus 4 euros.

Pass Museums Pass 2018 15 euros. Valid from June 1st to September 30th, this card gives access once:
- at the Granet Museum during the Picasso Picabia exhibition. Challenge Painting (June 9 - September 23)
- at the Pavillon de Vendôme and the exhibition Picasso-Villers / Coup de Soleil (15 June - 30 September)
- at the Vieil Aix museum and the exhibition Aix en Aquarelles-Jean-Marie Gassend (April 21-October 15)
- the Musée des Tapisseries and the exhibition L'opéra, miroir du monde (June 21 - August 26).
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