Dettaglio di Pablo Picassso, Sipario del balletto Parade, 1917, © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christian Bahier / Philippe Migeat, © Succession Picasso by SIAE 2017


Picasso and Naples: Parade

08 Apr – 10 Jul 2017

Picasso and Naples: Parade celebrates the centennial of Picasso’s trip to Italy in 1917.

The artist arrived in Rome on February 18, 1917, in the company of Jean Cocteau, with whom he was working on the designs for Parade, a ballet for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Spending a little over two months in Italy, he visited Naples twice, in March and April.

The exhibition has two venues, the Museo di Capodimonte and Pompeii.
This will bring out the importance of his direct encounter with Neapolitan popular culture, whose vital energy Picasso expressed in his extraordinary curtain designed for the ballet Parade and the sets for Pulcinella, as well as the impact on him of antiquity, an inexhaustible source of artistic inspiration.

The ballroom in Capodimonte will present the drop curtain for Parade, Picasso’s largest work and of paramount importance for modern art. The painting measures 17 meters wide by 10 high, and is kept at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Due to its size, it is exhibited only on rare occasions. It is accompanied by a broad selection of works by the Spanish painter.

The Antiquarium of Pompeii will present the ballet costumes designed by the artist, confirming that Picasso was inspired by references to ancient art and art nègre, which had already influenced him in the painting that is the manifesto of Cubism, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. A sketch for the painting on display is a testament to this fascination. The original comparison is brought out by an exceptional set of African and classical masks, most of them presented to the public for the first time.

Three performances of the ballets Parade and Pulcinella will be held in the Grand Theater of the archaeological site, on July 27, 28 and 29.

The loans on display in the exhibition come from prestigious museums and private collections, including the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musée National Picasso Paris, the Museu Picasso Barcelona, the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, the Maison Jean Cocteau, Milly la Forêt and the Museo Pigorini in Rome.

Start date
Saturday 08 April 2017

End date
Monday 10 July 2017

Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte
Via Miano, 2
80137 Napoli
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Scavi di Pompei
80045 Pompei
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Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte
Open everyday 8.30 – 19.30, closed on Wednesday, (last entrance at 18.30).

Open everyday 9.00 – 19.30 (last entrance at 18.00)
Closed the 1st of May

Curated by
Sylvain Bellenger and Luigi Gallo

Promoted by
Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo, Soprintendenza Pompei, Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, with the contribution of Regione Campania and through Fondazione regionale Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee and the Società Regionale Scabec. Production and organization by Electa