Pablo Picasso. The greatest artist of the 20th century, and the Seattle Art Museum was host to a massive show of over 150 of his iconic works, on loan from the Musée National Picasso in Paris. More than 400,000 visitors came out for the exhibition, with some visitors having waited six hours or more on line, in the rain, to gain admission to the show.
“Picasso” broke the attendance record of 316,000, set by the show, “Impressionism: Paintings Collected by European Museums,” back in 1999.
Over the last week, the Seattle Art Museum used Facebook and Twitter to inform visitors of waiting periods and strategies to minimize line times.
The “Picasso” show featured works that were part of the master’s private collection, carefully reserved by the artist to shape his own artistic legacy, and spanned seven decades of drawing, painting, sculpture, prints, and photographs.
Next up? Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth, March 10–June 5.