Clark Art Institute to Present ‘Young Picasso’ Film

Williamstown, Massachusetts — The Clark Art Institute airs Young Picasso, a film by Exhibition on Screen, on Saturday, February 9 at 3 pm. The film will be shown in the auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center. Tickets are $12.50 ($10 Clark members). Run time is 85 minutes. To purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 413 458 0524. All ticket sales are non-refundable.

Pablo Picasso is considered one of the greatest artists of all time—and until his death in 1973, he was one of the most prolific. Many films have dealt with the later years of his life: the art, the affairs, and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso who he was? Young Picasso looks at the early years—the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements.

Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona, and Paris. Young Picasso visits each city and explores their influences on the artist, focusing on specific artworks from these early years and detailing how the young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods—the Blue Period and Rose Period—the film takes viewers back to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Painted by Picasso when he was just 25 years old, it shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona, and Paris, the film explains how the artist rose to great heights.


The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.