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Exhibit Design & Museum-Related Projects: Norton Simon Museum

Picasso Ingres: Face to Face

October 21, 2022–January 30, 2023

This exhibition brings together two extraordinary, interrelated paintings for the first time: Pablo Picasso’s Woman with a Book (1932), part of the Norton Simon's permanent collection, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Madame Moitessier (1856). A partnership between the Norton Simon Museum and the National Gallery, London, this exhibition explores Picasso’s long-standing fascination with Ingres and the generative process that resulted from his confrontation with a celebrated work of art. 

The two paintings are shown for the first time, side-by-side, so visitors can appreciate the similarities and complements of these two great works.

Graphics from the National Gallery were adjusted to work within our exhibit space, including significant comparative profiles from each painting.


All images are © Norton Simon Museum, 2022


The corridor outside the exhibit space carried the logotype and color palette, along with additional work by Picasso


Within the exhibit space, two large profiles "face off" on the exit walls. Ingres' subject's profile is shown here.


Picasso's recognizable profile from the painting faces off with Ingres' on the right


The two masterpieces, side-by-side for the first time


The profiles as seen during installation.

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