Picasso Black and White

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​Study for Guernica (Head of a Horse), Paris, May 2, 1937 Oil On Canvas © Courtesy of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
Picasso Black and White

5601 Main Street
Houston, TX
February 24th, 2013 - May 27th, 2013
Opening: February 24th, 2013 12:15 PM - 7:00 PM

United States
Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Sunday 12:15 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
works on paper, sculpture


Picasso Black and White, the first major exhibition to focus on the artist’s lifelong exploration of a black-and-white palette throughout his career, features paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from 1904 to 1970. The MFAH is the exclusive venue following the landmark fall 2012 premiere at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The exhibition offers new and striking insights into Picasso’s vision and working methods. The chronological presentation includes significant loans—many of which have not been exhibited or published before—drawn from museum, private, and public collections across Europe and the United States, including numerous works from the Picasso family. 

Few artists have exerted as considerable an influence over subsequent generations as Picasso (1881–1973), who is widely considered the most important artist of the 20th century. This exhibition presents a unique and illuminating perspective on a lesser-known but fascinating aspect of his formidable body of work. Whereas Picasso's art is often seen through the lens of his diverse styles and subjects, the recurrent use of black, white, and gray is frequently overlooked. Picasso Black and White demonstrates how the artist was continuously investigating, inventing, and drawing in austere monochromatic tones throughout his career.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, available through The MFAH Shop.