Monday 3 October 2016

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, says, “We are delighted to provide pupils with the opportunity to visit Picasso Portraits before it opens to the public. The Gallery has worked with schools previously, and has seen the benefits that small interventions like this can have in encouraging young people to participate in and enjoy the visual arts”.

Liz Smith, Director of Participation and Learning, National Portrait Gallery, London, says: ‘The generous support by Goldman Sachs of the Learning programme has enabled the Gallery to develop a range of ‘experimental firsts’ in its activities for schools, families and young people. We are incredibly grateful to Goldman Sachs for the confidence they have shown in the development of this programme. Without their support the realisation of our ambition would not have been possible.’

Michelle Pinggera, Partner, Goldman Sachs says: ‘We are extremely proud to partner with the National Portrait Gallery to bring this fascinating exhibition to London. Goldman Sachs has a long history of supporting arts and culture in the UK and through our sponsorship, we are very pleased to be able to support the Gallery’s wider access and learning programme linked to this exhibition.’

Picasso Portraits will include over 75 portraits by the artist in all media, ranging from well-known masterpieces to works that have never been shown in Britain before.  All phases of the artist’s career will be represented, from the realist portraits of his boyhood to the more gestural canvases of his old age. It is the first large-scale exhibition devoted to his portraiture since Picasso and Portraiture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Grand Palais, Paris in 1996.

The exhibition includes a group of revealing self-portraits as well as portraits and caricatures of Picasso’s friends, lovers, wives and children.  Guillaume Apollinaire, Carles Casagemas, Santiago Rusiñol, Jaume Sabartés, Jean Cocteau, Olga Picasso, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Lee Miller, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Picasso are among the people visitors will encounter.  Complementing these images of Picasso’s intimates are portraits and caricatures inspired by artists of the past – Velázquez and Rembrandt among them – with whom he identified most closely.

In addition to supporting a wide ranging learning programme linked to the exhibition, Goldman Sachs is enabling the Gallery to introduce for the first time a special ticket offer, whereby every Friday morning throughout the run of Picasso Portraits, the first 100 tickets will be £5.

Picasso Portraitsiscurated by Elizabeth Cowling, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of Edinburgh.  Her publications include Picasso: Style and Meaning (2002) and Visiting Picasso: The Notebooks and Letters of Roland Penrose (2006). She has co-curated several exhibitions, including Picasso Sculptor/Painter (1994), Matisse Picasso (2002–3), and Picasso Looks at Degas (2010–11).  


6 October 2016 - 5 February 2017, at the National Portrait Gallery, London
Sponsored by Goldman Sachs

Tickets with donation: Full price £19 / Concessions £17.50
Tickets without donation Full price £17 / Concessions £15.50 (Free for Members and Patrons)
Limited Pre-booked-schools on Mon-Wed 10.00 – 13.00 = £12.50
Pre-booked Groups = £15.00
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TOUR Museu Picasso, Barcelona(17 March–25 June 2017)

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The first 100 tickets for every Friday morning during the exhibition are just £5


Secondary Sketching Mornings provide an opportunity to explore Picasso Portraits when the exhibition is closed to the public, and open exclusively to secondary (KS3+) school groups. Groups can view the exhibition, sketch and discuss alongside the Learning team who are on-hand to support with a range of tips and techniques.

Tuesday 18 October 2016 / Tuesday 29 November 2016 / Tuesday 31 January 2017
10.00 – 11.00 / 10.30 – 11.30 / 11.00 – 12.00 / 11.30 – 12.30
Spaces limited; three groups per time slot, each group slot minimum 15 students; maximum 20.
£5 per student; minimum two group leaders (free); maximum five: £5 per additional group leader. Booking essential (to book your group visit please call 0207 321 6600).


Sunday 16 October: 11:00-16:00
Families take over the Gallery for a day of drawing, exploring figurative, abstraction and cubism, inspired by Picasso Portraits. This large-scale event runs over several Gallery and Education spaces, offering a range of free experiences for families. Experiment with different media and materials in our artist-led sessions, including drawing portraits in light with animators Lizzy Hobbs and Shelly Wain; create abstract portraits with Play-Doh artist Eleanor Macnair and explore cubism with painter Edward Sutcliffe, plus much more. Part of the National Campaign for Drawing – FREE drop-in and ticketed.


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Museu Picasso, Barcelona
The Museu Picasso’s principal objective is to promote a better understanding of Picasso and his work. It is one of the leading museums devoted exclusively to Pablo Picasso and was the first one in the world to open over 50 years ago. Its collection includes key pieces from his formative years and unrivalled examples of his work as a printmaker—it is the only art centre to possess an entire series by Picasso: Las Meninas. Housed in a striking architectural setting of five buildings in Catalan Gothic style, its collection is a living testament to the artist's ties with Barcelona.

Goldman Sachs
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centres around the world.