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Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds

June 23–October 15, 2023

Western & Southern Galleries (Galleries 232 and 233)
Ticketed. Free for Members.
Friends of European Painting, Sculpture, and Drawings

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See the exhibition for free on Thursday nights from 5–8 p.m., thanks to presenting sponsor Duke Energy, and during Art After Dark on June 30, July 28, August 25, and September 29 from 5–9 p.m. Timed tickets are only available at the front desk starting at 4:30 p.m. on these evenings. See the FAQ below for more details.

The exhibition’s free opening weekend was made possible by presenting sponsor Duke Energy.


The year 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), perhaps the most innovative and influential artist of the 20th century. The Cincinnati Art Museum is celebrating his legacy with an unprecedented exhibition, the first to examine Picasso’s lifelong engagement with landscape. Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds brings to our galleries paintings and sculptures by the artist from some 25 public and private collections across the United States and Europe.

Picasso used landscape throughout his life to establish himself in new surroundings and to push forward into new styles of painting and sculpture. Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds traces the elemental role of place, environment, and interface between humanity and the natural world in his art. Through representations of landscape, Picasso advanced dialogues with key artists of the previous centuries, from Nicolas Poussin to Paul Cézanne, embedding himself within the European painting tradition, while insisting on a status apart.

Conceived by leading Picasso scholar Laurence Madeline, organized by the American Federation of Arts, and presented at The Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC) and the Cincinnati Art Museum, this is the first exhibition to comprehensively present Picasso’s fertile engagement with landscape over his 75-year career.


  • Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students, seniors (65+), and children (ages 6–17). Free for children ages 5 and under. Free for members.
  • General Admission is always free. Plan to visit the CAM galleries after seeing Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds or plan a return visit.
  • We recommend purchasing tickets online in advance as walk-up availability is not guaranteed.
  • See the exhibition for free with a timed ticket during:
    • Thursday nights (5–8 p.m.), thanks to presenting sponsor Duke Energy
      Free timed tickets for Thursday nights available only at the front desk beginning at 4:30 p.m.
    • Art After Dark (5–9 p.m.)
      Free timed tickets for Art After Dark available only at the front desk beginning at 4:30 p.m.
  • CAM members can visit the exhibition for free Tuesday–Sunday with a timed ticket.
    • CAM members should reserve tickets online in advance. Walk-up ticket availability is not guaranteed. Your free-ticket discount will be applied at checkout based on the number of tickets associated with your membership level.
    • Member Mornings (Saturday and Sunday, 10–11 a.m.), however, do not require timed tickets. Simply show your membership card at the front desk for entry.
  • Find other discounts here.
  • Tickets are non-transferrable to another date or time and non-refundable.
  • Please arrive as closely as possible to the time listed on your ticket.
  • Reentry into Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds is not permitted.
  • Entry into the gallery at exact ticket time is subject to capacity limitations. Last timed tickets are sold for 4 p.m. Security begins clearing galleries at 4:50 p.m.
  • Recommended time to spend in the exhibition is about an hour.
  • Parking can be difficult during peak visiting hours. Please allow plenty of time to look for parking. If museum parking lots are full, consider offsite parking in Eden Park and throughout Mount Adams. 
  • Purchased a ticket and want to become a CAM member? Apply your purchase toward the cost of membership! Please bring tickets or receipt to the Visitor Services desk. Learn more about membership.
  • It is recommended for visitors with smartphones to bring earbuds to access audio resources in the exhibition. See the Audio section below for more information.

Hear verbal descriptions of highlighted artworks and interpretive content for the exhibition, wherever you are.

Access the Audio Exhibition

If you need accessibility accommodations for this program or event, please email [email protected]. Please contact us in advance to ensure accommodations can be made. 


Members Opening

Thursday, June 22, 5–7 p.m.


Sold Out–Lecture: Picasso. Landscape. Revolution. Laurence Madeline, Director of the Museums of Besançon

Thursday, June 22, 7–8 p.m.


Art After Dark | Cubist Queens

Friday, June 30 5–9 p.m.


See the Story Book Club: Cooking with Picasso by Camille Aubray

Saturday, July 15, 11:30 a.m.


Art After Dark | ¡Viva España!

Friday, July 28, 5–9 p.m.


Choose Your Own Gallery Adventure: You Are a Millionaire

Saturday, August 12, 1 p.m.


Art After Dark | R.I.P. Pablo 

Friday, August 25, 5–9 p.m.


Create Plus: An Afternoon of Landscapes

Saturday, September 9, 1–4 p.m. 


Writing Workshop: Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds

Saturday, September 30, 1–3 p.m. Details coming soon.



Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds

Laurence Madeline, with essays by Peter Jonathan Bell & Jacques Rancière
Published by American Federation of Arts & DelMonico Books•D.A.P.
9 3/4 x 11 inches, Hardcover, 144 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-63681-084-3

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From Pablo Picasso’s earliest days in art school until the year before his death, landscape remained the prime genre through which he mediated his perception of the world and shaped his own creative evolution. Yet within Picasso’s vast oeuvre, landscapes have received the least scholarly attention. Written by guest curator Laurence Madeline with essays by Peter Jonathan Bell and Jacques Rancière, this exhibition catalogue helps to correct that oversight, presenting an enriching overview of Picasso’s lifelong work within the genre. Together, the authors address such topics as Picasso’s views on nature, encroaching industrialization, the artist’s relationship to the history of the European landscape tradition, and his final landscape painting.



This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts with guest curator Laurence Madeline and the exceptional support of the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

American Federation of Arts

Musee Picasso Paris


The exhibition is generously supported by Monique Schoen Warshaw. Additional support has been provided by Betsy S. Barbanell, Lee White Galvis, Clare E. McKeon, and Stephanie R. La Nasa. Support for the accompanying publication provided by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.


At the Cincinnati Art Museum, Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds is presented by:

Duke Energy


Organizing Sponsor:

Harold C. Schott Foundation



Generously supported by:

Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation 



Western & Southern Financial Group


Fort Washington Investment Advisors


Tourist Office of Spain

Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation


Picasso Celebration—1973.2023

50 exhibitions and events to celebrate Picasso

2023 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death and thus places the year under the sign of the celebration of his work in France, Spain and internationally. To celebrate Picasso’s legacy today is a way to question what this major work for western modernity represents today. It is to show its living, accessible and current part.

The Picasso Celebration 1973-2023 is initiated by the Musée national Picasso-Paris, main lender of the event and coordinator, and Bernard Picasso, grandson of the artist and president of the FABA and the Picasso Museum in Malaga. It is structured around some fifty exhibitions and events to be held in renowned cultural institutions in Europe and North America, which, together, thanks to new interpretations and approaches, will make it possible to review the state of studies and understanding of Picasso’s work.

Through a French-Spanish binational commission, the French and Spanish governments have decided to work together on this major transnational event, and the commemoration will be punctuated by official celebrations in France and Spain and will end with a major international symposium in the autumn of 2023, at the time of the opening of the Picasso Study Centre in Paris.

It is a "Picasso today" which embodies this Celebration and which lays the foundations for the Musée national Picasso-Paris of tomorrow.


ministere de la culture, liberte egalite fraternite    Gobierno De Espana, Ministerio De Cultura Y Deporte