'Picasso Black and White' at the MFAH

'Picasso Black and White' at the MFAH

The first major exhibition to focus on the artist’s lifelong exploration of a black-and-white palette throughout his career, features paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from 1904 to 1970.

The exhibition offers new and striking insights into Picasso’s vision and working methods. The chronological presentation includes significant loans —many of which have not been exhibited or published before— drawn from museum, private, and public collections across Europe and the United States, including numerous works from the Picasso family.

Few artists have exerted as considerable an influence over subsequent generations as Picasso (1881–1973), who is widely considered the most important artist of the 20th century. This exhibition presents a unique and illuminating perspective on a lesser-known but fascinating aspect of his formidable body of work. Whereas Picasso's art is often seen through the lens of his diverse styles and subjects, the recurrent use of black, white, and gray is frequently overlooked. Picasso Black and White demonstrates how the artist was continuously investigating, inventing, and drawing in austere monochromatic tones throughout his career.

The MFAH is the exclusive venue following the landmark Fall 2012 premiere at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, available through The MFAH Shop. This exhibition will require a timed-ticket for entry. Tickets will be available on January 23 at 10 am.

  • Visual arts
  • Houston
  • Feb 24, 2013May 27, 2013


5601 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Beck Building, Ground Floor, 5601 Main Street, Houston

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This exhibition has been organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Image: Pablo Picasso, Reclining Woman Reading (Femme couchée lisant), 1960, Modern Art museum of Fort Worth, Museum Purchase, The Benjamin J. Tillar Memorial Trust, © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.