Pablo Picasso. Suite 347

Experience "the erotic suite" by Picasso at KODE 2 this summer!

Suite 347 was executed by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) at high speed in period of less than seven months.

347 works were completed in 200 days, from 16th March to 5th October 1968, when the artist entered his 87th year.

A major effort and a unique series using all the copper graphic’s different techniques. Suite 347 plays a central role in the history of graphic art.

Who do we meet?

Suite 347 is not a coherent series by theme or motif. As with most of Picasso’s works these prints are acutely self-biographical and they collectively display a retrospective view of his life and work. At first sight, it seems like a cacophony of techniques, sizes and expressions, but on a closer look certain motifs stand out and constitutes smaller and larger series within the whole.

The works are mounted almost chronologically, each work given Picasso’s number; he never gave them titles. Here we find everything from the most painstakingly worked acquatints and mezzotints to the simplest engravings.

The first 20 prints in Suite 347 constitute an overture in which all the coming performers literary make their entrance: scenes from circus and clown life, often with the artist present, rendered in a variety of dresses and ages. Most dominant, as in the rest of the series, is the motive of the artist and his model. The model always young and beautiful, while the artist is often presented as a clown.

In many ways it’s Picasso’s own life and art that he presents in Suite 347.

In many of the prints we find self portraits, where he as an old man is filled with sadness contemplating life, often mixed with humour, and the whole series exposes a creativity beyond comparison.

Picasso shows his love to the woman, to women, but never without at the same time referring to the history of art, to the creation of art and to the contemplation of art. In this way the work is about more than the motif, it’s about art itself.

About the exhibition

Curated by Karin Hellandsjø
Supported by the Arild Wahlström Foundation
In collaboration with the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and Henie Onstad Art Center

The exhbition is on display at KODE 2 until 20 September.

  • 19 Jun 2020 to 20 Sep 2020
  • Kode 2
  • 160 / 110 / 0 *

* Adults: NOK 160, Students: NOK 110. Free admission for children and KODE members. The ticket gives admission to all exhibitions at KODE for two days