Now through June 26th, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston will have a special Pablo Picasso exhibit on display. Of course, Picasso isn’t the only reason to visit the museum. Here’s a look at what the Museum of Fine Arts Boston has to offer.
Pablo Picasso on Display
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston has four major works by Pablo Picasso on loan from Switzerland’s Foundation Beyeler. Combined with other pieces provided by private holdings and from the museum’s own collection, the dossier exhibition centers on pairing and juxtaposing the artists’ works based on subjects, themes and techniques. Entitled “Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso,” the goal of the exhibit is to provide a unique perspective representing different stages of Picasso’s career. This unique exhibit, which will be on display in the Lee Gallery, offers the opportunity to see pieces that are rarely seen in the United States.
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston
One of the largest museums in the country, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston was founded in 1870. Affiliated with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the museum moved to its currently location in 1901. Featuring more than 450,000 works of art representing a wide variety of art movements and cultures, the museum offers one of the most comprehensive collections of art in the world. It also features one of the largest databases in the world with information on over 346,000 items within its collection. Some of the works included in the collection include:
- 18th and 19th-cenutry American art from artists such as John Singleton, Winslow Homer, Copley, Gilbert Stuart and John Singer Sargent
- Chinese calligraphy, paintings and imperial art from throughout Chinese history
- Egyptian artifacts, including jewelry, sculptures and sarcophagi
- French impressionist and post-impressionist works from artists such as Renoir, Paul Gaugin, Degas, Manet, Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh
- Japanese works including the Edward S. Morse collection boasting 5,000 pieces of Japanese pottery
- The Rothschild Collection with more than 130 objects from the Austrian branch of the Rothschild family
The museum is also home to libraries containing 320,000 items, with the main branch being located in the William Morris Hunt Memorial Library.
Boasting more than one million visitors per year, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is the 55th most-visited museum in country. The Picasso exhibit is free with $25 general admission to the museum. Free entrance to the museum is provided with the GoBoston Discount Card and a Boston CityPASS card. You can also get into the museum for free on Wednesday nights after 4:00 pm. Admission is free to youths ages 7 through 17 on weekdays after 3:00 pm as well as on weekends and on Boston public school holidays. Otherwise, the cost is $10 for youths. As always, members of the museum get in for free. The museum is open seven days per week, with doors opening at 10:00 am every day. The museum closes at 4:45 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday and at 9:45 pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.