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April 15th, 2010
Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris Extended

Philadelphia, PA (April 15, 2010)--The Philadelphia Museum of Art today announced that the popular Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris exhibition will be extended through Sunday, May 2, 2010. The Museum will have extended hours during this time, and the exhibition and select galleries will also be open on Monday, April 19th. Made possible by GlaxoSmithKline and originally scheduled to close on April 25, the exhibition opened on February 24 and will be seen only in Philadelphia. As of today, Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris has attracted more than 120,000 visitors from across the United States and around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.

“Everyone at the Museum is thrilled that we are able to extend this exhibition through May 2,” said Timothy Rub, the Museum’s George D. Widener Director and CEO, adding “there are many great works in this exhibition assembled in ways that enhance our understanding of this seminal period in the history of modern art. Adding another week to the presentation of this exhibition will enable many more people to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

“We are especially indebted to our corporate sponsor, GlaxoSmithKline, without whose philanthropic support the Museum would be unable to present such rich and inspired exhibitions,” said Gail Harrity, the Museum’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are also grateful to our ongoing collaborations with NBC 10 WCAU, the Philadelphia Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, Philly.com, and Amtrak.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer called Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris “a remarkable exhibition…igniting the glory years of modern art”; The Wall Street Journal said it “makes us think about how modernism’s key developments were communicated when those ideas still could startle”; and The Washington Post wrote that works in the exhibition are “masterpieces by the great modernist.”

TICKETS
Advance purchase of tickets is highly advised. Ticket prices for Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris include a complimentary audio tour. For further ticket information, call 215-235-SHOW (7469) or visit the Museum’s website at www.philamuseum.org. Service charges apply.
General ticket prices: $20 Adults; $18 Seniors; $16 Students and Youth (ages 13-18); $12 Children (ages 5-12); Free for children four and under.

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 Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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