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Exhibitions

Exhibition 'Picasso et les avant-gardes arabes'

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From April 2 to July 10, 2022

Supported by unprecedented research and by the presentation of works by major Arab artists never presented in Europe, the exhibition Picasso and the Arab avant-gardes highlights, thanks to a set of some 70 works, the fruitful dialogue between the Spanish master and modern Arabs.


Author of Guernica, portraitist of the Algerian fighter Djamila Boupacha defended by Gisèle Halimi, Picasso was an icon for the Arab artistic scenes marked by Independence. Claiming the moral example of the Andalusian master, the Arab avant-gardes engage through their paintings in the face of the tragedies of their countries.

The exhibition retraces in a new way the fundamental artistic and ideological issues of the 20th century: figuration, tribal arts, pacifism, anti-colonialism and the dream of a better world. Alternately cubist, classical, surrealist, close to abstraction without ever yielding to it, Picasso offers new expressive possibilities to figuration. Moving away from academic rules imported from the West, modern Arabs perceive Cubist deformations as sharing affinities with the altered figuration of the Islamic tradition. They consider Picasso the Andalusian as one of their own.

Full price: €6
Reduced price: €4 (Upon presentation of proof: job seekers, RSA beneficiaries, under 26s, students, large families, residents of Roubaix and Tourcoing, agents of members of the GIP IMA-Tourcoing, holders of a Discovery, Curiosity or Freedom card from the Louvre-Lens Museum, holders of a full price ticket from the Musée de la Piscine in Roubaix)

Free visit (non-guided)

Museum opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. / Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. / Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed on May 1st).


In parallel with the exhibition, take advantage of family workshops (2 Sundays per month and Wednesdays during school holidays), musical siestas, conferences, cooking workshops....

Online booking is not possible for the same day: for bookings within 24 hours, you can reach our team by phone on +33 (0)359 579 400.
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