‘Parade’ World’s Largest Picasso

Exhibition features

  • First time exhibit in Asia of the Picasso stage curtain for a 1917 Diaghilev ballet
  • Elaborate system of black masking drapes to lower light levels in the atrium
  • Installed by 30 theatre professionals
  • Limited viewing hours to conserve painting
  • Strict 24-hour-a-day security protocol

Exhibition period

  • ifc mall, Hong Kong
  • 14 - 24 October 2004, extended till 31 October


  • 2 million visitors
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The 10m high x 16m wide rarely exhibited Picasso masterpiece ‘Parade', on loan from the Centre Pompidou Paris, drew huge crowds to the International Finance Centre (ifc) in Hong Kong. Jacques Chirac, President of France, opened the exhibition in the mall which was transformed to meet stringent museum conditions. The painting has only been on public display 10 times in 50 years.

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President Chirac of France opens the exhibition
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The stage curtain