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by Sarah Han (subscribe)
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If you haven't been to see the Picasso exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, I suggest you book tickets as soon as you can. When else will we (and with 'we' I mean Australia) get Picasso's masterpieces here? Probably never. What a wonderful opportunity.

I originally was very keen to experience the High Tea & Picasso package, but it booked out so quickly that Miss S and I missed out. The next available date was in January 2012! After a moment of grief and exasperation, we decided to just see the exhibition and then eat elsewhere afterwards.

The reason these amazing artworks are here in the first place is due to renovations at the Musée National Picasso in Paris. The Parisians' misfortune is a blessing for us (and some other cities in which the Picasso masterpieces are making an appearance on a world tour).

The acrobat


The 150 paintings, drawings and sculptures are split up into 10 rooms. I was a little underwhelmed by the sculptures, but that's just a personal preference - I've always had a soft spot for 2D art over 3D.

Jacqueline with crossed hands


Miss S and I were amazed by Picasso's wide-ranging repertoire. The artist is so well-known for his cubist work, but his artistic experimentation spans from the classical to the surreal. It was so mind-blowing to see a large scale oil painting in one room, a tiny etching in another and a sculpture of a chair on the other side of the room.

My favourite was probably the Man with a guitar (1911) painting, where the focus is on shapes, not colour. Close up it looks like a bunch of grey rectangles; only from far away can you distinguish the outlines of a man and a guitar. Cubism at its finest, I say.

Man with a guitar


The exhibition is open until 10.00pm on Wednesday nights and is open on some days during the Christmas period. Check the website here to see all opening hours.

If you're after High Tea or Lunch packages, I suggest you buy your tickets now for next year. Buy all Picasso tickets here.

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Why? Once in a lifetime opportunity to see Picasso's masterpieces
When: 12 November 2011 - 25 March 2012
Where: Art Gallery NSW
Cost: Adults $25, Concession $18, Members $15 plus booking fee
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Picasso all at once enthralls and irritates me. His complex structures and images can be all absorbing, yet totally absorbing. I must make the effort to go. I love the Sydney Art Gallery.
by Jody Kimber (score: 2|892) 2854 days ago
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