Pablo Picasso: Drawing Inspiration – From the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

イスラエル博物館所蔵 ピカソ ― ひらめきの原点 ―

To those who wish to visit the exhibition Pablo Picasso: Drawing Inspiration – From the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we kindly request that you reserve the date and time of your visit in advance on our reservation website.

  • Admission fee is to be paid upon your visit.
  • We regret that we cannot accept reservations by phone or at the museum reception.

Large bags (e.g., knapsacks, tote bags, briefcases, etc.) may not be brought into the exhibition and must be placed inside a locker.

General Information

April 9 – June 19, 2022
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Admittance until 5:30 p.m.)
* Open until 8 p.m. (Admittance until 7:30 p.m.) on May 6 and June 3.
Wednesdays (Except for May 4 and 18, International Museum Day)
Adults: ¥1,200
Visitors aged 65 or over with vaild documentation: ¥1,100
Students (College): ¥700
Students (High school): ¥500
Admission is free for children in middle school or younger.
Admission is free for disability passbook holders and up to one accompanying adult.
Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, NHK, NHK PROMOTIONS INC.
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Embassy of Israel in JapanMinato City Board of Education

Exhibition overview

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is universally recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. He studied the art of past generations and drew inspiration from his contemporaries, but his prolific body of work was one of a kind. The creativity and innovation in his art continue to captivate viewers to this day.

This exhibition highlights Picasso’s prints through a curated selection of works from the Picasso collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. One of the foremost cultural institutions in the world, the Israel Museum houses a rich collection of over 800 works by Picasso, with an emphasis on his graphic art. Interspersed among his oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and photographs, Picasso’s prints are presented in this exhibition in chronological order, starting around 1900, when Picasso first left Spain for Paris, and going up to 1970, three years before his death. The exhibition traces how the artist’s style evolved—from his early Blue and Rose Periods into his Cubist, Neoclassicist, and Surrealist Periods—through an exploration of his experiments in printmaking technique and the shifts in his recurring subjects and motifs. This is an unparalleled opportunity to examine Picasso’s mastery of a variety of artistic styles, from the classical to the abstract, and discover the extraordinary innovation in his creative process.

Exhibition highlights

1.The first Japanese exhibition to highlight the Israel Museum’s collection of Picasso prints

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, holds an extensive collection of over 800 graphic and other artworks by Picasso. This exhibition marks the first time that the museum’s Picasso collection is exhibited in one place in Japan.

2. A rare opportunity to learn about Picasso’s prolific career through works from every stage of his life

The exhibited works are arranged chronologically, from paintings dating to around the turn of the 20th century to works created as late as 1970, just three years before Picasso’s death. The exhibition introduces visitors to Picasso’s long and prolific career as an artist by tracing his frenetic shifts in style and examining how he was inspired by a variety of subjects and motifs from society and everyday life.

3. An exploration of Picasso’s quest to pursue a variety of printmaking techniques throughout his career

The exhibition introduces visitors to four major series that defined Picasso’s printmaking career: the Saltimbanques Suite, which includes the masterpiece The Frugal Repast from his Blue Period; the Vollard Suite from the 1930s; The Dream and Lie of Franco I and II from the time of the Spanish Civil War; and the Suite 347, which Picasso created at the advanced age of eighty-six. These works showcase Picasso’s deep understanding of printmaking and his passion for experimentation, as well as the diversity of styles and techniques in his prints.

I 1900–1906: The Early Years

The Frugal Repast,
Etching, 1904
Gift of Max Palevsky, Los Angeles, to American Friends of the
Israel Museum
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

II 1910–1920: Cubism

Glass, Bottle of Bass, Newspaper
Oil and wax crayon on canvas
The Arthur and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa Collection, bequeathed by Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, New York, to American Friends of the
Israel Museum
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

III 1920–1937: Neoclassicism and Surrealism

Face (Marie-Thérèse)
Lithograph (edition of 120), 1928
Gift of Georges Bloch, Zurich
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

IV 1937–1953: The War Years, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot

Sitting Woman
Oil on canvas
Gift of Alex Maguy, Paris
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

V 1952–1970: The Later Years

Fauns and a Goat
Color linoleum cut, 1/50, 1959
Gift of Georges Bloch, Zurich
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Founded in 1965, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, is Israel’s foremost cultural institution and one of the world’s leading museums. The Museum’s terraced 15-acre campus houses the world’s most comprehensive collections of Jewish Art and Life and Archaeology of the Holy Land, as well as significant and extensive holdings in the Fine Arts. The campus also includes the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the world’s oldest biblical manuscripts; an extensive model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period; and the Billy Rose Art Garden, designed by Isamu Noguchi. In just under sixty years, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects through an unparalleled legacy of gifts and support from a wide circle of friends and patrons around the world.

Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by
Elie Posner


Special Collaboration
Petit Cigare cookies from the Yoku Moku Museum in Tokyo

During the exhibition, the museum shop will sell Petit Cigare cookies from the Yoku Moku Museum, an institution dedicated to Picasso’s ceramic art, in exclusive packaging featuring a poster designed by Picasso.