Picasso "Violon et feuille de musique" (1912)

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, in close collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, are devoting a unique exhibition to Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) next fall. The two institutions are decrypting a theme that has never been explored before: for the very first time, Picasso's relationship with abstraction will be brought to light, through more than one hundred and forty exceptional works. 

The exhibition will address the major stages that marked the links between Picasso's work and the history of abstract art, from the first Cubist experiments of 1907, carried out on the fringes of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, to his later work, which is sometimes situated on the borders of action painting. This surprising relationship, made up of small advances, retreats and backward steps, will be presented in the subtle chronological and thematic course of the exhibition, revealing the artist's pendulum movement between abstraction and the figurative over the decades.

Another major theme of the exhibition will be the artist's studio, a true formal laboratory, and will show Picasso's creative process through various series (drawings and prints), allowing the viewer to understand how he works and reflects on the representation of the chosen motifs. The studio, which is both a place of creation and a setting for the work, is also the space where the painter's imagination is realised, allowing a glimpse of the ambiguity between reality and fiction.

The viewer will not only be invited to appreciate Pablo Picasso's extraordinary creativity and his ability to constantly reinvent himself, but also to measure, through his work, how impulses towards the unknown remain an excellent way of getting to know oneself better and of freeing oneself from the limiting labels. 



The exhibition is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and on weekends from 11 am to 6 pm. We strongly advise you to book your ticket online to avoid queuing.

On Mondays, entrance via the Magritte Museum (Place Royale, 1, 1000 Brussels)

around the exhibition  


This season, four exceptional encounters open the debate and discussion on contemporary societal themes around the multiple facets of Pablo Picasso. Exhibition curators, sociologists, journalists, lawyers, authors, artists, philosophers, art historians... A varied panel offers a plural view on the man, the artist and his work. Join the debate!

14.10.2022 | MEET THE CURATORS (FR)

Picasso & Abstraction Inaugural conference of the exhibition and meeting with the curators Michel Draguet, Director General of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and Joanne Snrech, curator in charge of paintings at the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

next CONFERENces

26.11.2022 | Picasso, vues pluri-elles ? (FR)
11.12.2022 | Pi©asso, une image , un nom. (FR)
04.02.2023 | Picasso, tribal ? Face to face ! (EN)



Marianne Knop, guide and art historian, will take you to the heart of the exhibition's various themes, focusing on the artist's experiments with the figure-background relationship, the fragmentation of the picture plane, and the play with matter. By making a concrete link between ideas and theories, this master class will provide you with all the necessary tools to visit the exhibition as a connoisseur.

In collaboration with Amarant

The Cultural Mediation Team offers you an audio immersion in 15 works by Pablo Picasso. These informative and instructive podcasts are intended to be inclusive and accessible to all audiences. The first part of each episode takes the form of an audio description. You can listen to them during your visit to the exhibition, by simply referring to the track number indicated next to the works concerned. To ensure the comfort of your visit, we suggest you download the episodes before-hands via Acast or Spotify. Enjoy your visit! Not a podcast fan? You can also download the transcripts here

Listen to a sneak-peek:


“When I was their age I could draw like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to learn to draw like them.” Pablo Picasso

Do you see this?! Picasso, through a child’s eyes

Through their child’s view, Carole, Célestine, Finn, Léonard, Léontine, Sara & Zoé invite us to discover Picasso as you have never seen him before. Let’s embark on a sound journey to discover eight works as many incredible stories. To ensure the comfort of your visit, we suggest you download the episodes before-hands via Acast or Spotify.



The exhibition is organised in partnership with the Musée national Picasso-Paris and is part of the project "Picasso Celebration 1973-2023": 50 exhibitions and events to celebrate Picasso. More about Celebration Picasso



And the support of the national lottery, the Spanish Ambassy in Belgium, Spain Arts & Culture and Instituto Cervantes.

Practical informations


Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
Mail  / +32 (0)2 508 32 11


Picasso & Abstraction : On Mondays, entrance via the Magritte Museum (Place Royale, 1, 1000 Brussels)


Monday- Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Weekends: 11:00 - 18:00

The ticket offices close half an hour before closing time.
On 24/12 and 31/12 the museums close at 14:00

On Mondays, entrance via the Magritte Museum (Place Royale, 1, 1000 Brussels)


+ 1 January | 1 May | 1 & 11 November | 25 December



Adult (19-64 years) 17,00 €
Senior (+65 years) 15,00 €
Student (-26 years) and school groups (price p.p.) 7,00 €
Youth (0-18 years)  7,00 €
Adult groups (15 persons, price p.p.) 15,00 €
School teachers 7,00 €
Person with disability / 1 accompanying visitor 7,00 €
Belgian job seekers and integration income beneficiaries 7,00 €
Friends of the RMFAB / ICOM / BELSPO 0,00 €
Fed+ card holder 15,00 €
Press 0,00 €
A proof of eligibility is required for all reduced fees


 Ticket sale starts on 1 September 2022