Pablo Picasso’s exhibition under the artistic direction of Paul Smith

VideoWatchMarch 31, 2023

It is fifty years since Pablo Picasso died, on 8 April 1973 at Notre-Dame-de-Vie, his home in Mougins. The body of work that he left behind had a profound impact on the entire 20th century. For this anniversary year, the Musée National Picasso-Paris has invited the British designer Sir Paul Smith, known for his work with colour, tailoring and unexpected details, to lead the artistic direction of an exceptional exhibition showcasing the museum’s collection. And in the video, you can have a look at the impressive exhibition.

This exhibition created in collaboration with Sir Paul Smith is curated around masterpieces from the collection. The designer’s unique approach to the works invites the public to view them through a contemporary lens and underlines the continuing relevance of Picasso’s work in today’s world. The visions of these two artists sometimes converge, for example around their shared love of objects, dress and playfulness, thus leading to comparisons and a spectacular, highly inventive approach to the presentation of the works.

Also on show throughout the exhibition are works by contemporary international artists. In their shared desire to open up new interpretations to Picasso’s work, Guillermo Kuitca, Obi Okigbo, Mickalene Thomas and Chéri Samba interrogate his image and put their own slant on some of his artistic innovations. In the video, you can watch what the French and Brits guests wore at the opening.

About Paul Smith

Sir Paul Smith is one of Britain’s leading designers, renowned for his creative spirit, which combines tradition and modernity. Famous for his clothing and accessories collections, Paul Smith specializes in the inventive use of traditional craftsmanship to create modern pieces that draw inspiration from both art and everyday life. His pièce de résistance is the suit pants, real British heritage, for men and women.

If you are planning to visit Paris, don’t miss Pablo Picasso Celebration:

  • MARCH 7 – AUGUST 27, 2023
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the Hôtel Salé
  • Curators: Cécile Debray and Joanne Snrech, in collaboration with François Dareau