Met to Mount Show of Entire Picasso Collection

Pablo Picasso may be one of the most recognized figures in art history, but New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is giving its visitors a chance to view something from the artist they haven’t seen before—an exclusive look at the museum’s entire Picasso collection. Beginning April 27, 2010, the Met will show all 150 of its paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, and a selection of prints from the Spanish artist. From the harlequins of his blue and rose periods to the Cubist still lifes, Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art will display most of the works the museum acquired over the past 60 years, including rare pieces on paper that the Met has rarely, if ever, displayed. Seeing the breadth of the art multimedia mastermind’s collection, from his early 1900 self-portrait Yo to 1968’s Standing Nude and Seated Musketeer at 87, will shed new light on an iconic artistic figure. In preparation for their all-encompassing debut, the Met has taken a new look at all of Picasso’s works, conserving and restoring some of the pieces, which is said to have revealed some interesting discoveries.