Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, Taube, 4.12.1942, Chinatusche, Auswaschungen und Gouache auf Büttenpapier, 64,8 × 46 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris, © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: © bpk / RMN – Grand Palais / Michèle Bellot


Friday, February 14, 2020, 7pm


Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen
Minister of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Susanne Gaensheimer
Director Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

Guy Tosatto
Director Musée de Grenoble

Kathrin Beßen

Free admission, limited seats!

The speeches will be live streamed on Kunstsammlung NRW's youtube channel:


Pablo Picasso
The War Years 1939 – 1945

February 15 – June 14, 2020

"I have not painted the war because I am not the kind of a painter who goes out like a photographer for something to depict. But I have no doubt that the war is in these paintings I have done."
Picasso, 1944

The exhibition "Pablo Picasso. The War Years 1939 – 1945" provides insight into the artist’s work during the Second World War. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, and documents from the years 1939 to 1945 tell of Picasso the man and the contradictions of everyday life during these times. Picasso fled from Paris to southern France immediately before the outbreak of the war on September 3, 1939 but returned to the German-occupied capital in August 1940. He remained in his Parisian studio. After the liberation of the city by the Allie Forces in August 1944, he was celebrated as a survivor.

With his works, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) reacted to the threats of time, to death and destruction. He did not, however, focus primarily on the theme of war, but rather on the classical genres of painting. He created multifaceted still lifes, portraits and nudes, often with motifs from his private surroundings.

Funded by

An exhibition organised by the Musée de Grenoble in coproduction with the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris. The project is being presented under the patronage of Minister President Armin Laschet, the Federal Republic of Germany’s Authorized Representative for Cultural Relations with France.

Media partner: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Supported by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia



Pablo Picasso. Kriegsjahre 1939 bis 1945

Editors: Susanne Gaensheimer and Kathrin Beßen; editors of the French edition: Guy Tosatto and Sophie Bernard.

With a chronology, historical documents, and essays by Guy Tosatto, Sophie Bernard, Brigitte Léal, Laurence Madeline, Guitemie Maldonado, Stéphane Guégan, and Martin Schieder

332 pages, German edition: 39 €
Edited at Wienand Verlag