Picasso exhibition heads to Hong Kong

16th May 2012

Art lovers on holidays in Hong Kong will be in for a treat from Saturday when a collection of Pablo Picasso paintings goes on show.

It is the biggest-ever Picasso exhibition in Hong Kong and, having already travelled to Shanghai and Chengdu, it will now take pride of place in the Hong Kong Heritage Museum for several weeks.

The collection is in the middle of a world tour while its usual home, Paris' Musee National Picasso, is renovated.

Anne Baldassari, chairwoman of the Paris museum, is delighted with the response to the works so far from people in Asia.

"In Shanghai it was very important … because it was the first Picasso show in China," she said.

"It was a very strong discovery for the Chinese public."

People planning a visit to the Hong Kong show can expect to see works from the artist's blue, rose and cubist periods as well as neoclassical and expressionist pieces.

But Baldassari suggested keen-eyed art lovers may spot some signs of Asian influence in the work.

She said: "Picasso was very impressed by the way Chinese painters were considering art as a language and painting as a sign, and not as a representation."

The exhibition will run from May 19 to July 22.

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