Picasso in Rome!

Sarra Chadi Student Life Coordinator


December 4, 2017

There are several beautiful exhibitions taking place in this autumn-winter season in Rome but the one I really recommend to all our students is Picasso’s exhibit “From Cubism to Classicism” hosted at the Scuderie del Quirinale. This very rich collection of artworks, retraces Piacasso’s trip to Italy, exactly 100 years ago, when he collaborated with the Ballets Russes on Parade, a ballet which had​ premiered in Paris in 1917. During the few months he spent in Rome, he worked in his own studio in via Margutta, ​Rome's artists' quarter par excellence. In this fabulous and inspiring environment, Picasso designed the stage set for the Russian ballet, created by Jean Cocteau with the music of Eric Satie.

Drawings, paintings and sketches allow you to catch a glimpse of the atmosphere that this great artist was experiencing while wandering from Trinità dei Monti to Piazza di Spagna, from Villa Medici to Piazza Barberini.

Visiting this exhibition will also be a chance to see two important landmarks of Rome: “Le Scuderie del Quirinale”, in front of the presidential Palace, Palazzo del Quirinale and Palazzo Barberini, the National Gallery of Ancient Art where you’ll find a piece that seals the collection of Picasso’s work in Rome: A gigantic curtain (17meters of height and 10meters width) painted by Picasso specifically for Parade ballet.

A treat not to be missed!


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