• Picasso – an Autumnal Artistic Interlude in Florence

    by  • August 25, 2014 • Art, Exhibitions, Florence

    Pause for Picasso on your Florence City Break this Autumn

    Any regular readers of my blogs will know that I’m partial to a good art exhibition, therefore I’m rather delighted to have discovered what looks set to be a fabulous exhibition devoted to the brilliant master of 20th-century painting, Pablo Picasso, taking place in the wonderful city of Florence.

    In conjunction with Madrid’s Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi, perfectly situated between the River Arno and the Santa Fiore Cathedral, presents ‘Picasso and Spanish Modernity’, bringing together a broad ensemble of 90 works by Picasso himself and complemented further with pieces by some of the great names of the modern Spanish art world. Displaying paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and even film, the exhibition seeks to explore Picasso’s influence on and interaction with the leading Spanish artists of the time, in particular Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Maria Blanchard and Julio González.

    The exhibits include a number of world-renowned works by Picasso such as Portrait of Dora Maar, The Painter and the Model and Woman’s Head, along with drawings, engravings and preparatory paintings for his masterpiece, Guernica, the real deal on display at the Reina Sofia in Madrid. These works will be shown alongside The Figure and Bird in the Night by Miró, as well as Arlequin by Dalí, amongst others.

    Launching on September 20th and running all the way through the autumn and winter months until January 25th, 2015, the exhibition will be open daily from 10am until 8pm (11pm on Thursdays). Entrance costs 10€ or 8.50€ for those aged over 65 and under 26.

    Picasso – the perfect addition to an autumnal city break in Florence.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.