Picasso + Paella

Treat all your senses to the Pablo Picasso exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario this summer.

Nearly 150 sketches, paintings and sculptures from Picasso’s personal collection, on loan from the national Picasso museum in Paris, offer plenty of food for thought.

Meet the wives and mistresses of one of the world’s most recognizable artists, and revel in the prolific Spaniard’s ever-changing style and dramatic deconstruction of bodies and objects.

After strolling through the exhibit, head to the AGO’s Frank restaurant for a feast of Spanish classics, from paella, gazpacho and salt cod croquettes to orange and olive salad and fried churros with chocolate sauce.

Made with local ingredients as they come into season, dinner promises to be as inspiring as the master’s paintings.

The $65 combo package includes admission to Picasso, an audio guide to the artist’s life and work and a three-course dinner.

Tuesday nights, AGO executive chef Anne Yarymowich offers several variations on paella.

If you’re not up for dinner, grab a dulce de leche latte and a pastry at the new espresso bar in the Galleria Italia, just past the Picasso souvenir shop filled with Parisian delights.

Sit awhile admiring the massive blond douglas fir beams and the view of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Picasso runs from May 1 to Aug. 26. Toronto is the exhibition’s only Canadian stop.

To beat the crowds, gallery insiders recommend booking tickets for a Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon.

For more info, visit www.ago.net.

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