M+ museum unveils pioneering exhibition “Picasso for Asia: A Conversation” in Hong Kong in March 2025

339

27th March 2024 – (Hong Kogn) M+ museum in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District has announced an unprecedented exhibition, “Picasso for Asia: A Conversation”. This special exhibition, set to run from 15th March to 13th July, 2025, is a seminal collaboration between M+ and the Musée national Picasso-Paris (MnPP), in conjunction with the French May Arts Festival.

The exhibition heralds a new era for artistic exchange, featuring over sixty works from the prodigious Spanish maestro Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), ranging from the late 1890s to the early ’70s. These will be presented alongside selected works by Asian and Asian-diasporic artists from the expansive M+ Collections. This initiative is a historic first, marking the occasion where MnPP’s masterpieces travel to be exhibited with those of an Asian museum.

Offering a fresh narrative, the exhibition is co-curated by Doryun Chong, Deputy Director, Curatorial, and Chief Curator at M+, with François Dareau, Research Fellow at MnPP, and supported by Hester Chan, Curator, Collections at M+. It aims to explore the dynamic interplay between Picasso’s vision and the contemporary Asian art scene, examining themes of origin, reception, and the dialogue between Western and non-Western art.

The MnPP, the most extensive repository of Picasso’s oeuvre, will loan significant pieces for the exhibition. These seminal works will engage in a visual and thematic conversation with around eighty pieces by over twenty Asian and Asian-diasporic artists, representing the evolution of art from the early twentieth century to today.

Hong Kong audiences will witness major Picasso pieces like “The Acrobat” (1930), “Figures by the Sea” (1931), “Large Still Life with Pedestal Table” (1931), “Portrait of Dora Maar” (1937), and “Massacre in Korea” (1951). These iconic paintings will be displayed in relation to works by Asian luminaries such as Luis Chan, Gu Dexin, and Isamu Noguchi, reflecting a cross-cultural dialogue that spans generations.

Suhanya Raffel, Museum Director of M+, states, “This collaboration with Musée national Picasso-Paris underscores our commitment to fostering new perspectives on art. By juxtaposing Picasso’s extensive body of work with that of Asian artists, we’re not just celebrating diversity but also forging innovative ways of seeing that align with M+’s vision for modern and contemporary art on a global scale.”

Echoing this sentiment, Cécile Debray, President of MnPP, emphasizes the ground-breaking nature of this exhibition. She remarks, “Presenting Picasso within the context of Asian artistry not only broadens his audience but also invites a re-evaluation of his artistic legacy through a contemporary Asian lens, offering a novel and decentered narrative.”

Doryun Chong adds, “Our exhibition poses critical questions about Picasso’s lasting fame and the global fascination with his art. It aims to shed light on the enduring impact of his work and its significance in modern and contemporary art history, which is central to M+’s mission.”

Further details about the exhibition and ticketing will be shared in the upcoming months.