May 2009
May at the National Gallery
Don’t miss your chance to see ‘Picasso: Challenging the Past’, which ends on 7 June. If finding time is difficult, remember the exhibition is open until 9pm on Fridays, until 8pm on Saturdays – and on 15 May open until midnight along with some very special events. There will be further extended opening in the last two weeks of the exhibition when it will be open until 9pm everyday.
FINAL WEEKS – Picasso: Challenging the Past

Don’t miss your chance to see this major exhibition, which explores how Pablo Picasso created radical responses to the great European painting tradition.
Until 7 June.
Open daily 10am–6pm, Fridays until 9pm, Saturdays until 8pm, Friday 15 May until midnight. 

The Picasso exhibition will have extended opening for the last two weeks. From Monday 25 May to Sunday 7 June the exhibition will be open until 9pm each evening.

Pablo Picasso, ‘Rape of the Sabine Women (after Poussin)’, 1962, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne / Centre de création industrielle Gift of Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler 1964 (AM4248P) © CNAC / MNAM, Dist. RMN Photo Christian Bahier / Philippe Migeat / Succession Picasso / DACS 2009

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May News and Highlights
Beat the crowds
Picasso Special Breakfast View
Tuesday 12 May
8.30–10am, £25

Enjoy ‘Picasso: Challenging the Past’ before the crowds at an exclusive breakfast viewing.

See the exhibition before normal opening hours, then relax with a coffee and pastry in the National Dining Rooms.

Dinner and Picasso
8 and 29 May

If breakfast doesn’t suit, how about dinner?

Join curator Christopher Riopelle for an
introductory talk, visit the exhibition, then enjoy a Spanish meal in the National Café.

Pablo Picasso, ‘Self Portrait with a Wig’, 1897 © Museu Picasso de Barcelona (MPB110.053)/ Succession Picasso / DACS 2009
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Final weeks
Picasso’s Prints: Challenging the Past
Until 7 June
Admission free

To coincide with ‘Picasso: Challenging the Past’, this Room 1 display of the artist’s prints expands on the themes of the major exhibition, notably on Picasso’s ‘variations’, produced after masters such as Manet, David, Cranach and Rembrandt.

Pablo Picasso, ‘Portrait of a Woman, after Cranach the Younger’, 1958, linocut. Tate, London (P11368) © Tate / Succession Picasso / DACS 2009
Discover ‘Picasso’s Prints’
Take One Picture:
An Exhibition by Primary Schools Inspired by Turner’s ‘Fighting Temeraire’
Until 12 July
Admission free

This display demonstrates the innovative ways in which schools have responded to this year’s focus painting, J. M. W. Turner’s ‘The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her Last Berth to be broken up,

Detail from Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘The Fighting Temeraire’, 1839 © The National Gallery, London
More about ‘Take One Picture’
Late opening
Friday Lates

Don’t forget that the Gallery is open every Friday until 9pm.

As well as exploring the paintings or catching an exhibition, you can enjoy guided tours, talks and events on Friday evenings. Meet friends, listen to live music, relax at the bar or have a bite to eat.

Highlights this month include Museums at Night (see next article) and a series of costume parades – where students from Wimbledon College of Art bring paintings to life.

Photo © The National Gallery, London
Friday Lates highlights
Costume parades
Special Late events
Museums at Night
Friday 15 May

As part of Museums at Night celebrations, late events at the Gallery include:

‘Picasso: Challenging the Past’ open until midnight

A film screening, ‘Le Mystère Picasso’

Artist and musician John Cale will discuss his upcoming installation for the Venice Biennale and the links between music and art.

Plus talks, live music and bar.

John Cale will be in conversation at the Gallery on 15 May.
More about these events
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May Focus
Transformation and Change
Inspired by Picasso, free Gallery talks explore transformation.
What’s On Highlights
Courses, lectures and workshops

Half-term fun for families and young people

All events

Plan your visit
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, London
Open daily 10am – 6pm
Fridays 10am – 9pm