Summer Art: Two Picasso exhibits open in San Francisco

This summer, see Pablo Picasso's masterpieces in San Francisco as never before seen in the United States!

Thanks to a construction-related closure of the Musee National Picasso in Paris, more than 100 pieces of their permanent collection will be housed at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park from June 11 - October 9, 2011.

On top of that, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opens their "Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde," May 21 - September 6, 2011.

Tickets for both special exhibits are pricier than the museums' regular admissions -- $25 for adults at both museums (discounts discussed below) -- but it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these masterpieces without heading to Paris.

de Young Museum

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris
June 11 - October 9, 2011
$25 / $21 for students (includes special exhibit and general admission)

More than 100 of Pablo Picasso's masterpieces from the world-renowned Musee National Picasso in Paris, will be on display this summer at the de Young. These works demonstrate Picasso's wide range of artistic styles and forms -- they include paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, from Picasso's Blue Period Celestina (1904) to the Cubist Man with a Guitar (1911) to his 1970 self-portrait The Matador. For a list of other works, visit the deYoung Museum's website.

During the exhibit's four-month stay in San Francisco, the museum will host related special events and programming, from film screenings to lectures. These events are included on the museum's special exhibits web page and events calendar.

Discount Days: Wednesday nights from June 15 - August 31, 5-8:45 p.m., it's just $18 ($10 for youth) to view the Picasso exhibit and other galleries. Dubbed "Espana at Twilight," these special evenings also feature a Spanish-inspired prix-fixe menu at the museum cafe.


Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
May 21 - September 6, 2011
$25 / $18 for students (includes special exhibit and general admission)

The Stein family (including famed writer Gertrude, along with her brothers Leo and Michael), originally from the San Francisco area, played a major role in bringing to light the talents of avant-garde painters like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. While living in Paris, the siblings and their partners gave friendship and patronage to these emerging artists, helping to "spark an artistic revolution," according to SFMOMA.

The museum hosts dozens of works by Matisse, Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and others during this special exhibit, which "reunites the Steins' unparalleled holdings of modern art." Works on display include Matisse's Blue Nude and Self-Portrait, and Picasso's famous portrait Gertrude Stein.

While the exhibit is on display, the museum will host dozens of related special events, including film screenings, curator talks, panel discussions, lectures, and exhibit tours.

Discount Days: Thursday nights from 6-8:45 p.m., general admission is always half price, which brings "Steins Collect" admission to $16 ($12.50 for students). This price includes general admission. The first Tuesday of every month, when general admission is always free, pay just $7 to see "Steins Collect"!

More Summer Art in San Francisco

Picasso may steal the stage, but there's plenty of other visual art coming to San Francisco this summer. From the Asian Art Museum's focus on Balinese works to a special tribute to DC Comic's Green Lantern at the Cartoon Art Museum, the city's museums will leave your art urge satisfied!

Contemporary Jewish Museum
If SFMOMA's "Steins Collect" piqued your interest, consider also visiting the nearby Contemporary Jewish Museum. May 12 - September 6, 2011, they're featuring "Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories," focused on the writer's life and influence on 20th century art. Even better -- bring your SFMOMA "Steins Collect" ticket stub and save $2!
Admission: $10 / $8 for students
Discount Days: Thursdays from 5-8 p.m., visit the museum for just $5.

Asian Art Museum
Now through September 11, 2011, visit the Asian Art Museum for a glimpse into Balinese culture in "Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance." From shadow puppetry and masked dances to woven images of the rice goddess and elaborately carved chairs, the exhibit promises to be "as unique and mesmerizing as Bali itself."
Admission: $12 ($17 with "Bali" special exhibit) / $7 for students ($12 with "Bali" special exhibit)
Discount Days: Every other month, the museum is open on Thursdays after 5 p.m. for MATCHA, a themed after-hours museum party, at which you can see "Bali" and the rest of the museum for just $10. The first Sunday of every month, general admission is always free -- add the special "Bali" exhibit to your itinerary for $5.

Legion of Honor
The Legion of Honor has several fine arts exhibits coming this summer, including an original Magna Carta manuscript on display from May 7 - June 5; a collection of illustrated Japanese books from 1600-1868 demonstrating the erotic subculture "that flourished in the licensed pleasure quarters of cities such as Edo (today's Tokyo), Osaka and Kyoto"; and Marvelous Menagerie: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel.
$10 / $6 for students
Discount Days: The museum is free the first Tuesday of every month. Admission is also free if you visit the de Young museum on the same day.

Cartoon Art Museum
Just in time for the Green Lantern's Hollywood debut this summer, the Cartoon Art Museum is hosting an exhibit "celebrating 70 years of DC Comics' emerald knight," including more than 60 pieces of original cartoon artwork. The exhibit opens June 11, 2011.
$7 / $5 for students
Discount Days: The first Tuesday of every month is "Pay What You Wish Day."

Museum of Craft and Folk Art
June 11 - October 22, the Museum of Craft and Folk Art features a special exhibit of Korean textiles. The exhibit focuses on the bojagi, a traditional Korean wrapping cloth used in formal and daily Korean life.
Admission: $5

Museum of the African Diaspora
May 6 - July 3, the Museum of the African Diaspora features "From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden," a collection of lithographs, etchings, collagraphs, collagraph plates, screenprints, drypoints, monotypes, and engravings by an African American artist "widely acknowledged as one of the most talented and original visual artists of the twentieth century."
Admission: $10 / $5 for students

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