Tickets go on sale today for a much-anticipated blockbuster show of works by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The show will be the city's biggest Picasso exhibition, comprising 55 pieces from Paris' Musee National Picasso, including Portrait of Dora Maar, his dramatic rendering of the woman who was once his lover and muse. The Barefoot Girl and Woman in Red Armchair are also expected to be major drawcards in a show, whose works have a combined value of HK$6.7 billion and cover all phases of Picasso's prolific career, from his Blue, Rose, Primitive and Cubist stages to Neo-classical and Expressionist periods. The exhibition runs from May 19 to July 22 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin and will be accompanied by a series of photographs and documentaries. 'We expect the exhibition to be well-received by the public and visitors, especially art lovers,' a museum spokesman said. The spokesman said special arrangements would be put in place to shorten queuing time and to enable visitors to see the exhibition in a comfortable environment. To cope with the expected huge crowds, the museum will extend its opening hours and introduce two- and three-hour viewing sessions, with up to 1,500 visitors for each session. Jointly presented by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the exhibition is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Musee National Picasso, Paris. It is one of the events to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover, as well as a highlight of the 20th anniversary of the art festival Le French May, of which the department is a partner. The admission fee is HK$20 per person but free for children under four years. Schools, charitable groups and non-profit bodies planning to visit in groups of more than 20 people can apply for free admission. Special arrangements have also been made for selling tickets. Available at Urbtix outlets and the museum's ticket office, admission tickets will be sold in three phases. The first phase starts today for admission from May 19 to June 8. The second phase, for exhibition dates to June 29, will start from May 25. And tickets for the remaining dates will go on sale from June 15.