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 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.