If you haven’t been to the fabulous de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, this just might be the excuse you need to get there. On June 11, the exhibition “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris” opens. This amazing collection of Picasso’s work is being made available to the de Young only because the Paris museum is undergoing renovations. The collection includes work from all periods of Picasso’s extensive career, including his Blue and Rose periods, Cubism, and Surrealism, and comprises more than 100 paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. The broad scope of this exhibition will demonstrate Picasso’s genius, one that was able to master various styles and media and continue to be a revolutionary across decades of the modern art movement.
The de Young Museum itself is wonderful. Besides hosting world-class exhibits like this one, it also houses a grand collection of American art, and others, including African art and photography. It was reconstructed in 2005 and has an impressive outdoor space that boasts unique landscape design, a children’s garden, and a sculpture garden.
June 11, 2011 – October 9, 2011
Tuesday-Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. and Friday evenings until 8:45 p.m.
Ticket prices: adults $25, seniors 65+ $22, students with current ID $21, youths 6–17 $15, members and children 5 and under free.
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118 415-750-3600 Map
Parking is available. The de Young Museum is located across the street from the California Academy of Sciences, which is also worth a visit, especially for families.