Art: Putting It All Together

In terms of sheer administrative labor, "Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective" is the most taxing show the Museum of Modern Art has ever installed. The idea for it came in 1972, when Art Historian and Picasso Expert William Rubin was visiting the artist in his villa at Mougins, in the south of France. In the sculpture-jammed studio, on the ground floor of the house, Rubin recalls, "I almost had a sense of vertigo. There was so much invention contained in so small an area. I thought to myself: There should be a really great Picasso show that combines Picasso's own holdings...

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