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Pablo Picasso, born on October 25, 1881, in Malaga, Spain, was a towering figure in 20th-century art, renowned for his creativity and significant contributions to multiple art movements, that has continued to endure. Picasso’s father was a drawing professor, and took him in as a pupil from a very young age. With his quick learning, unique expression, and support from his father, Picasso staged his first exhibition at the age of 13. After his education and activities in Spain, Picasso fell in love with the colours and energy of Paris and moved there in the early 1900s.

Picasso's art style underwent several significant transformations throughout his career. He played a pivotal role in the development of Cubism, a revolutionary artistic movement that challenged traditional notions of representation and perspective. Through works like "Guernica" (1937), Picasso, along with Georges Braque, pioneered a new visual language characterised by fragmented forms, geometric shapes, and multiple perspectives. Beyond Cubism, Picasso explored a diverse range of styles and themes, including Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism.

In 1907, exhibition “Les Demoiselles d'Avignon” was showcased. While not a traditional exhibition, the unveiling of Picasso's seminal painting "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" marked a pivotal moment in the history of modern art. Initially met with shock and controversy due to its radical departure from traditional artistic conventions, the painting eventually came to be recognised as a ground breaking masterpiece that revolutionised the art world. Its bold experimentation with form, perspective, and representation laid the foundation for the development of Cubism and solidified Picasso's reputation as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

Picasso had an enormous number of exhibitions. Of those many showings, "Picasso: Forty Years of His Art" organised by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City in 1939 was very significant. This retrospective exhibition offered American audiences a comprehensive survey of Picasso's prolific career up to that point. Featuring over 300 works spanning four decades, the exhibition showcased the evolution of Picasso's artistic style and explored the diverse themes and subjects that characterised his oeuvre. Despite the outbreak of World War II shortly after its opening, the exhibition attracted widespread acclaim and played a crucial role in introducing Picasso's work to a broader audience in the United States.

Another iconic exhibition was the retrospective “Exposition Picasso: 75th Anniversary”, which celebrated Picasso's 75th birthday and provided a comprehensive overview of his artistic evolution up to that point. It showcased a diverse range of Picasso's works, spanning various periods and styles, from his early Blue and Rose periods to his ground breaking Cubist compositions and beyond. This exhibition served as a testament to Picasso's enduring influence and artistic genius, solidifying his reputation as one of the foremost artists of the 20th Century. It also played a crucial role in introducing Picasso's work to a broader audience, further cementing his status as an iconic figure in the art world.

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