The exhibition The Picassos Are Here! at Kunstmuseum Basel is not just another Picasso retrospective. The singular exhibition tells the story of the love affair between an artist and a city. In 1967, Basel residents approved a municipal loan of 6 million franks and collected an additional 2.4 million franks to secure two important paintings for the Kunstmuseum Basel: Les deux frères (1906) and Arlequin assis (1923). Picasso was so touched by this democratic expression of love that he gave the city three of his paintings as well as a drawing.
The retrospective The Picassos Are Here! highlights the tender relationship between Picasso and Basel, bringing together works by the famous artist, collected by Basel citizens and institutions. The exhibition is curated by Anita Haldemann and Nina Zimmer. The video below explores the exhibition as Anita Haldemann discusses the concept and history of the show.
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