Picasso at the Philadelphia Art Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of Philadelphia’s greatest treasures.  One of my favorite places in the Philadelphia Art Museum to visit is the Armory.  At first, (at least for me), it is quite unexpected, since it is not typically what one might think of as art.  Upon further examination and observation, it does truly deserve a place of honor as art.  The intricate metal work and the attention to detail are very impressive. What always struck me was how small the armor is.  Men really were shorter back in the knights and maidens ages! There are many more surprises like this in store at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the visitor who takes the time to discover what every room and exhibit has to offer.

The latest and certainly one of the most exciting exhibits to come to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris. The following excerpt is taken from the museum’s website: “Internationally recognized as one of the most innovative and influential artists of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) was at his most ferociously inventive between 1905 and 1945. Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris surveys his work during these crucial decades, when he transformed the history of art through his innate virtuosity and protean creativity.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself! You don’t have to be a Picasso fan to appreciate how different and recognizable Picasso’s works are. I am sure that among the two-hundred fourteen paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, you will find many surprises with-in this well known artist’s collection. One well known painting, in which he  has cast himself and his two poet friends, Three Musicians (1921), will be displayed and shows his exploration of Synthetic Cubism.  Some of these works of art have not been shown in several decades due to their sensitivity to light and delicate condition. Included in the exhibition is an audio tour which is sure to enrich your experience and knowledge of Picasso and the expatriate artists like Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, Patrick Henry Bruce, and Man Ray, who formed an, international avant-garde group known as the School of Paris. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these works en mass!

To celebrate this unique exhibit, the Haddonfield Inn is offering a special promotion at our South Jersey bed and breakfast, only minutes from Philadelphia. You will receive two complimentary tickets to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, during the Picasso Exhibit, now until April 25th, with a two night stay at the inn! Tickets are issued for a specific date and time, and include an exhibition audio tour. Please choose your dates carefully, because exhibition tickets cannot be refunded. Tickets are subject to availability. Call the inn at (856)428-2195 to make your reservations for this special. No other offers, discounts or promotions may be applied.

Anastasia’s Travel Tip: Make this an “art themed weekend” by booking on the first Friday of April and enjoy “First Friday” in both Old City in Philadelphia, PA and in Haddonfield, NJ. Or, if you can’t make it that weekend, enjoy Second Saturday in nearby Collingswood, NJ the second week of April. What a great getaway for that someone special in your life! See below for each neighborhood’s description of events:

From VisitPhilly.com : “On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m. A casual atmosphere encourages art and people watching, eating at Old City’s many restaurants and just plain mingling. There’s diversity both in the crowd and among the galleries, adding flavor to the experience. Most galleries can be found between Front and Third, and Market and Vine Streets.”

From Shophaddonfeildnj.com :“Artists and entertainers will line the streets downtown and our stores will be open for business until 9pm, with many offering in-store events, promotions and refreshments. And, if Mother Nature cooperates, our restaurants may be able to kick off the “al fresco” dining season that night!”

From Collingswood.com : “Established in 2004, Second Saturday Collingswood is an exciting event designed to expose local artists and musicians to the many residents and visitors of Collingswood and the surrounding area.  Each month visitors can plan a night on the town to experience the unique arts, music, shopping and dining Collingswood is known for. As always, Second Saturdays are free. Just visit Collingswood, stroll and enjoy the culture – on us.”

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