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Visiting an exhibition in person is a much richer experience than visiting online.

The general public saw Cubist artworks for the first time at that annual exhibition in Paris, what are your reactions to these paintings and sculpture nearly a century later? What was your favorite gallery in the exhibition and why? Which works of art impressed you the most and the least?

While the exhibition was impressive, I felt it fell well short of the "Cezanne and Beyond' exhibition, in its overall explanation of the influence of the artist. By so limiting the paintings to those from within the Museum, there were several weakness in the presentation, e.g., how much did Picasso's Blue and Rose Periods influence his contemporaries? I also felt that there was a lot of potential for the use of multimedia supplementary material throughout the display. Thus, while critically speaking, "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" is regarded as one of the most important paintings in terms of changing the direction of artistic thought, it was offered only in a what 11x8 print[?] next to the fascinating (and rare) preparatory sketch beside it. And I really could not understand the verbal explanation of Cubism that the audio-guide attempted to provide, beyond the notion that it represented to use of several different directions of perspective. Surely, a modern graphics artist could recreate the effect of the twistings and turnings of Picasso's (and Braque's) planes to take us step-by-step, from reality to the cubismistic[?] image before us.
I was struck by the fact that "real" Cubism seems to have been displaced quite rapidly by what I saw as much weaker distortions of realism, particularly among his American devotees. Was this due to a general public intolerance of Picasso's extreme style after its first shock appeal? I would like to hear more about that issue. And I was none-too-convinced that Leger actually owed much of a debt to Picasso, but rather evolved in very much his own way.

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Stuart Fleming - 5.18.2010 - 1:47 PM
I was struck by the influence of scientific discoveries on these artists that was missing from the audio commentaries that focused more on their artistic and intellectual world. The early 20th century was a period of discovery that dramatically altered man's view of the nature of matter. Juan Gris's painting "The Lamp" renders "packets" of yellow and green light - 3 years after Einstein's described the quantum nature of light. Miro's "Head" appeared to capture the instant of the creation of life following fertilization. The influence of contemporary scientific discovery on the works of 20th century artists needs to be explored!

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Rence Young - 5.10.2010 - 6:29 PM
The exhibit was outstanding, as always. We appreciate the great effort that goes into the setting-up and displaying of the pieces. Unfortunately, we found the number of small children who cried and in some cases "screamed" very distracting! There should be some rules set down that address this problem. Please...

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Carol from Walnutport,PA - 5.5.2010 - 10:18 AM
Excellent job! The exhibit really showed very clearly how Picasso developed as a Cubist and how he influenced others in Paris at that time. This was quite an education for me in the ideals and techniques of Cubism. Thank you all very much for your hard work and dedication.

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Bob in Fairmount - 5.4.2010 - 9:53 AM
I loved the exhibit! Being a native Philadelphian, I enjoyed hearing the visitors surprise at how many of the paintings were owned by our museum. I thought the audio was very well done. Also enjoyed the way the art work was arranged. I agree with an earlier writer that it was difficult for older eyes to be able to read the print unless one was close to it. It was very difficult to bend down to read the descriptions on some of the sculptures.

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Shelley - 5.3.2010 - 10:22 PM
The exhibit was excellent! The audio guide and explanation of the history surrounding the art work was outstanding. I could listen to Michael Taylor's voice all day. The organization of the art work was amazing. I also enjoyed the vibrance of color in the room that was painted a shade of terracotta. I felt a sense of excitement while in that room. Thank you for all of the hard work and attention to detail that went into the planning of the exhibit. It was wonderful! I can't wait for Renoir's visit!

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Anonymous - 5.3.2010 - 9:33 PM
Love the exhibit. My fav piece is the "before an open window" by Juan Gris. The fragmentation and reorganization of inside and outside of the room is illusive but so glamorous to me. Love it!

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June119 - 5.3.2010 - 9:03 PM
Excellent exhibition! I am not a great lover of Picasso, and I left with a much better sense of his place and significance. The exhibition was very well organized, and the audio tour was one of the best I've heard. And there was much art at which to marvel.
THANK YOU!!

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MichaelD - 5.3.2010 - 5:15 PM
I would like future exhibits to have the art work up a bit on the wall so one can view it even if others are standing in front of people. And given that it is sometimes hard to get close enough to piece to read the labels, the labels by each painting and sculpture should be in larger lettering to make them more readily legible.

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N - 5.3.2010 - 4:35 PM
Thank you so much for not only showing Picasso's interpretation of cubism, but other artists as well.

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VISITOR - 5.2.2010 - 5:35 PM
nene is awesome. picakaren is ok too!

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COCO - 5.2.2010 - 5:34 PM
THX SO MUCH FOR THIS EXH. ITS WAS REALLY VERY ENJOYABLE!

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KATHY - 5.2.2010 - 5:32 PM
First time here was very enjoyable!!

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Mike - 5.2.2010 - 5:30 PM
I'm not dead. Shhh. (Elvis says hi too)

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Pablo Picasso - 5.2.2010 - 5:19 PM
This exhibition was very interesting and showed Picasso's art in a new light. I really enjoyed seeing his influence on other painters, american and european and observing the influence others had on him.

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Constance - 5.2.2010 - 5:08 PM
Best to see Picasso at the Picasso Musee in Paris

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Anonymous - 5.2.2010 - 5:06 PM
I enjoyed it a lot! It was very interesting and had sooo many paintings.

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Nicole - 5.2.2010 - 4:54 PM
3 MUSICIANS REMAINS ONE OF MY FAVORITES, BUT SEEING IT WITHIN TH CONTEXT OF THE TIME WAS AMAZING. LIFSCHITZ SCULPTURES WERE ALSO WONDERFUL

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Anonymous - 5.2.2010 - 4:43 PM
The exhibit was an amazing experience! All of the art blew me away. My personal favorite was "The City", and "The Three Musicians". Over all, it was a great way to spend my day.

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Ben Bristol-Evans - 5.2.2010 - 4:27 PM
A very thoughtfully constructed and well organized exhibition encapsulating a critical era in the history of modern art. I've long been aware of the PMA's incredible collection of art from this period, but seeing all these works together within the framework of the exhibition was very impressive.

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Wendy Grossman - 5.2.2010 - 4:18 PM

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