Courtauld News

Picasso exhibition attracts record visitors


Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901, which closed 27 May 2013, attracted 137,438 visitors, the highest attendance figure ever achieved for a show at The Courtauld Gallery, London. The previous record was 97,236 for Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril: Beyond the Moulin Rouge, on view from 16 June to 18 September 2011.


Becoming Picasso told the remarkable story of Pablo Picasso’s breakthrough year as an artist – 1901. It was the year that the highly ambitious nineteen-year-old first launched his career in Paris at a debut summer exhibition with the influential dealer Ambroise Vollard. Refusing to rest on the success of this show, Picasso (1881-1973) charted new artistic directions in the second half of the year, heralding the beginning of his now famous Blue period.


Ernst Vegelin, Head of The Courtauld Gallery, said: “We are very encouraged that there continues to be such an appetite for our research-led approach to exhibitions. It is clear that audiences do not just want large blockbuster shows but also enjoy the opportunity of looking in depth at focused subjects.”


Visitors to The Courtauld this summer will encounter the first in a new series of Summer Showcase displays entitled Collecting Gauguin: Samuel Courtauld in the '20s, 20 June to 8 September 2013.