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PHILADELPHIA HOTELS OFFER SPECIAL PACKAGES FOR
PICASSO AND THE AVANT-GARDE IN PARIS

When the much-awaited exhibition devoted to the artistic genius of Pablo Picasso and his contemporaries opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (February 24 – April 25, 2010), some of Philadelphia’s best-known hotels will be specially equipped to welcome travelers with exceptional overnight packages complete with VIP tickets to Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris. Amtrak riders inspired by the exhibition may also enjoy a 20 percent discount for travel here along northeast corridor routes. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is partnering with a select group of hotels to offer the attractive overnight packages where discounted room rates and VIP tickets will make it easy for travelers to visit the exhibition that is expected to draw visitors from around the region and across the United States.

Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris—which will be seen in Philadelphia only—spotlights Picasso’s revolutionary achievements. It also explores Picasso’s impact on other artists, including Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró, and many others, including American expatriates and eastern European artists who flocked to the French capital during the first four decades of the 20th century. The exhibition features nearly 200 works drawn from the Museum’s extraordinary collection as well as loans from American collections with paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. It demonstrates the rich artistic exchange that contributed to shape the course of modern art, as Picasso and his fellow expatriate artists formed a vibrant, international avant-garde group that became known as the School of Paris.

Travelers on Amtrak to Philadelphia can save 20 percent off the best available fare for one regular (full-price) adult ticket purchase on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Regional Trains. Visit philamuseum.org for more information on the Amtrak discount code. To purchase discounted tickets, visit Amtrak.com. Reservations must be made at least three days in advance. Limited availability; blackout dates and other restrictions apply.

Hotel package rates range from $149 to $439 and some offer free parking and other amenities. To find out more, visit the Museum’s website at www.philamuseum.org or visitphilly.com or call any of the hotels mentioned below:

All Hotel Packages include:
• Overnight accommodations for two
• Two Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris VIP tickets

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
(215) 627-1200
loewshotels.com
Weekend/weekday from $219*

Best Western Center City Hotel
(215) 568-8300
Bestwestern.com/centercityhotel
Weekend/weekday from $149*
- Includes free parking

Embassy Suites Philadelphia - Center City
(800) 528-6445
embassysuites.com
Weekend from $269*
Weekday from $219*
- Includes full breakfast and cocktail reception

Four Seasons Hotel
(215) 963-1500
Fourseasons.com/Philadelphia
Weekend from $339*
Weekday from $439*
- Includes free parking for one vehicle

Latham Hotel
(877) LATHAM1
lathamhotel.com
Weekend/weekday from $189*

*Hotel package prices do not include any applicable taxes and gratuities (except where otherwise noted) and are subject to availability.

Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris is made possible by GlaxoSmithKline. Additional funding is provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Promotional support provided by NBC 10 WCAU; Philadelphia Visitors and Convention Bureau (PCVB) and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC); The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com; and Amtrak.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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