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The general public saw Cubist artworks for the first time at that annual exhibition in Paris, what are your reactions to these paintings and sculpture nearly a century later? What was your favorite gallery in the exhibition and why? Which works of art impressed you the most and the least?

Picasso was a prolific artist. He lived a long, productive life. Selecting his Cubist Period was a wise choice because Picasso and Braque broke from the traditional, Renaissance techniques of painting the illusion of three dimensional objects in space from a single vantage point, employing one, two, and three point perspective with a horizon line in the distance, and the earth below and the sky above this line. By showing that Picasso INVENTED a new way of SEEING the world, we can better grasp the importance and the influence he had on artists living and working then and contemporary artsist creating today. Kudos to everyone at the Museum for always presenting scintillating and meaningful exhibits to inspire and educate. I love the Philadelphia Museum of Art - par with museums in world capitals.

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Wm. Roger - 2.26.2010 - 2:41 PM
I chose this exhibit as the way to celebrate my 60th birthday with my husband and daughter. We had a delightful day at the museum. The Picasso exhibit was very informative. I enjoyed seeing and hearing how the artists of the time found inspiration from each other. Loved the Braque, Dali and Chagall, especially enjoyed the large city scene near the "Three Musicians". It was a little crowded, but nothing like going to an exhibit at MOMA. Thank you for a wonderful Sunday afternoon.

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Susan Oliva - 2.26.2010 - 1:47 PM
I am a relative newcomer to the Art Museum. I totally enjoyed the Picasso exhibit. Something happened that I did not count on, however. I fell in love with Chagall and I am now seeking a copy of "White Crucifixion" to frame for my home. Any ideas, anyone?
It was a bit busy and crowded but not unmanageable.
Thank you for including other artists of the same time period, and of the same and different genres.

Thank you for this exhibit!

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Judith - 2.26.2010 - 12:26 PM
I was disappointed in the exhibit. Maybe I did not understand the curators intent? I expected a great exhibition in that I thought the museum had 400 or so works by Picasso. The works shown provided context, but they did not explain how Picasso evolved (I would have liked to see a bit more of a progression pre-cubism). Anyone would draw the conclusion that Picasso was the least of the cubists (even the museum seemed to feature the work of other artists in marketing materials) from the work displayed. I also dislike the glass on everything. It interferes with seeing the brushstrokes, etc. If I see original work through glass I might be better off to stay home and look through books. Hopefully this is not typical of Philadelphia's quality of exhibition. I suggest you head out to the Carnegie Museums in Pgh. and see how an exhibit SHOULD be mounted.

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Theresa - 2.26.2010 - 9:59 AM
I was a little disappointed to see none of the Blue Period paintings, but otherwise found it most interesting. Re crowds: that's what "popular" implies. If nobody wanted to see the exhibition, there wouldn't be crowds!

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Peter Girling - 2.26.2010 - 9:52 AM
I was disappointed that the exhibit was his cubism period only with one exception. I grew up in the Museum. My cousin has nine works, which are now in your storage. He is hanging in the Barnes. I studied at the Museum from age 7 to age 17. My uncle is a graduate of Tyler and would take me to the Museum on weekends as a small child. I feel as though I grew up in the Art Museum and the Academy of Music, which my mom took me to.
In the future, I will come towards the end of the exhibit since it's always less crowded. We usually bring our two local daughters but we didn't this time. I don't believe that they would have enjoyed the exhibit.

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Miriam Faktorow - 2.26.2010 - 9:49 AM
This was my 5th Picasso exhibit: Paris, Jerusalem, New York, 2 in Philadelphia, and it was terrific. I found out later that MOMA has a different version of The Three Musicians, painted, also, in 1921. I don't remember the voice on the audio mentioning that, as it should.

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Joyce Freedman - 2.26.2010 - 9:00 AM
We loved the exibit and hated the crowds! We would rather be told a time slot is full so that we can schedule a time when it isn't so packed. We expect the museum staff to set realistic levels and manage this for it's members.
We also agree with the comment about the courtesy of the guards. They need some sensitivity and communication training.

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Steve - 2.25.2010 - 9:58 PM
The pre-exhibition was too croweded.
Amazing how the museum permitted to name it as Picasso, while Picasso painting were less than 20% of the paintings. I am not interested in the Cubism and it is amazing again why the museum did not put the Cubism in the title of the exhiition.

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doron Kreitman - 2.25.2010 - 9:27 PM
I thought the exhibit was entirely to crowded. I could not enjoy the paintings because I could not get close enough to see them. I was also disappointed in the selection, or lack of, Picasso paintings. Hopefully the next special exhibit will be organized in a more appropriate manner.

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Cyndy - 2.25.2010 - 8:53 PM
The Museum appreciates your comments and suggestions regarding extended dates, time slot admissions as well as the public transportation recommendations. We have passed them all on to the appropriate departments.

We would like to keep these pages reserved for the discussion of the artists and objects in the exhibition.

The general public saw Cubist artworks for the first time at that annual exhibition in Paris, what are your reactions to these paintings and sculpture nearly a century later?
What was your favorite gallery in the exhibition and why?
Which works of art impressed you the most and the least?

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Web Team - 2.25.2010 - 8:50 PM
I came to the museum with a case of cabin fever. This exhibit was just what I needed. To the person that wanted ear phones for their kids, sorry, I don't want kids running around while I am trying to take in art. wait until they can really appreciate it, the ear phones will fit then.

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Bernadette Marcum - 2.25.2010 - 8:09 PM
I enjoyed the exhibit and the comparison of Cubist painters. Although I would have liked to see more work from Picasso. Also, there were no special headset notes, which my children always enjoy. I did not get to spend as much time enjoying the exhibit myself, with my children being less engaged.
The Dali exhibit has been my favorite so far.

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Susan Hotham - 2.25.2010 - 8:01 PM
Originally Posted By Bev
Do the tickets to Picasso include admission to the whole Museum?


Yes they do. Tickets for the exhibition include the exhibition audio tour and Museum admission.

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Web Team - 2.25.2010 - 7:03 PM
Splendid exhibit. So much to see and fortunately not too big a crowd when I was there. As well as the amazing Picasso's, I enjoyed seeing the Braque and Gris paintings. Audio tour was good, too.

Speaking of SEPTA (see comments below), it would be helpful if the Museum could construct a tasteful bus shelter for those of us who have to wait for half an hour in the rain.

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Sue - 2.25.2010 - 6:25 PM
I'd like to add my voice to the chorus. We attended a members' preview and it was too crowded. Yes, it was on a Saturday afternoon but I fully expected that by reserving tickets for a specific time slot we would experience the exhibit at its best. With the number of people crowded into the galleries, it was difficult to enjoy the works of art and impossible to take it all in, thoughtfully and serenely. I agree with Leonard's suggestion of more dates for members' previews and fewer admissions per time slot.

That said, the concept of the exhibit--Picasso and his contempoaries in Paris in the first half of the twentieth century--is fascinating. I'm surprised that I was awe-struck by the Dali--maybe it was the commentary on the audio guide that prepared me for it.

One last rave: How astonishing is it that this exhibit was drawn from the Museum's own collection! We are so fortunate! Thanks to the curator for creating the exhibit that encourages us to see the relationships in the works of these artists.

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Karin - 2.25.2010 - 6:24 PM
I must have arrived to see the Picasso exhibit at a very magical time. There was no line for the 1:30 time slot. The attendant was actually waiting for me to walk to her to validate my pass. There were other art lovers viewing the exhibit that I joined once I was in.
The exhibit was interesting and enjoyable. I lunched in the cafe restaurant because there is always something delicious to eat.
All of the attendants were helpful and extremely pleasant.
Spending a day at the museum is one of my favorite things.
Thank you.

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Harriet Kagen - 2.25.2010 - 6:09 PM
The exhibition was set up very well. I'm short, and know in advance that for me viewing art is difficult. Most of the time the crowds move well and the guards seemed more amicable than in the recent past. I wish there had been more benches for tired legs. Also, the west entrance was not cleared off from the snow and the SEPTA driver went right past the stop without noting that a bunch of us, who had been seeking shelter from the cold and rain at the doorway, were on our way down the slippery steps to catch the bus. Perhaps SEPTA drivers could be asked to glance to their right as they drive by. Thankyou.

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Anonymous - 2.25.2010 - 6:06 PM
Mediocre at best. I walked away with a feeling that Picasso is way over-exposed and that the true steal of the exhibit was Braque. The eminence grise of this exhibit is not Michael Taylor, but A. E. Gallatin, whose own art and collection formed the highlight of the exhibit. Of the three recent reviews of Modern Art ( Cezanne and Beyond; Matisse and the South of France ) this is the weakest. Spend your time, instead, at "Giorni".

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WTS - 2.25.2010 - 6:03 PM
The exhibition was both interesting and informative. I was, however, disturbed that I got into line for my 11:00 entry and did nit actually get into the gallery until 11:30. Having another commitment that afternoon, I could not spend as much time at the exhibit as I would otherwise have. I would suggest that the number of pre-opening days for members be increased in order to spread out the crowds and not overselling popular times.

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Ken - 2.25.2010 - 5:52 PM