Picasso Museum – Barcelona’s Pride
One of the things that make Museu Picasso distinctive among other arts museums is its exceptional setting featuring five adjacent medieval mansions, appealing courtyards, galleries, and exquisite staircases. But perhaps the most valuable thing that makes Museu Picasso unique is its captivating collection of extraordinary works of arts.
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona mirrors the influential works of Pablo Picasso through his out-of-the-ordinary artwork that is incomparable from the works of other renowned artists. Picasso Museum houses a permanent collection of 4,251 Picasso works. The opening of the museum in the year 1983 reflected Picasso’s dedication to the city that has a significant influence on his youth, the place he held dearly in his heart until his death – Barcelona.
Picasso himself suggested the idea of opening a museum with his friend Jaume Sabartés. In 1963, his friend opened the ‘Sabartés Collection’ featuring Picasso’s earliest works and other artwork donations from Sebastià Junyer Vidal, Salvador Dalí, and other artists. But Sabartés’ personal collection mostly highlights Picasso’s works. The museum was later renamed in 1983 and it officially opened as Museu Picasso, ten years after Picasso’s death.
Three of the five medieval mansions – Palau Aguilar, Palau Meca, and Palau del Baró de Castellet – accommodate the permanent collection. The other two medieval mansions – Casa Mauri and Palau Finestres – hold the temporary exhibitions.
Picasso Museum features many of his early works while he was living in Spain. Picasso’s progress as a young artist can be traced in the collection of his early works from the Blue Period (1901-1904) where his paintings portray austere shades of blue and green. Picasso’s widow donated the Woman with Bonnet painting and other 41 ceramic pieces to the museum after his death. The original artworks are permanently held in the Palau Aguilar.
From the museum entrance, Picasso’s earliest sketches and oils will greet you. This collection reflects the artist’s formative years in Málaga and La Coruña where self-portraits and portraits of his family are showcased. One of his earliest works was Retrato de la Tía Pepa (Portrait of Aunt Pepa) which he created when he was only 15 years old. He later created Ciència i caritat (Science and Charity) and completed it in the same year. In the following year, the young artist was honored at the General Fine Arts Exhibition in Madrid.
Picasso’s works during his first stay in Paris are displayed in rooms 5 – 7 while the Blue Period collection hangs in room 8. If you want to see some of his famous cubist paintings, rooms 10 – 11 have them. The last rooms hold some of Picasso’s ceramic pieces, engravings, and dove paintings that he was able to complete in his later years.
In his final years, Picasso began making reinterpretations of the works of great masters. In 1957, he produced a series of works based on Velázquez’ masterpiece, Las Meninas. The series now hangs in rooms 12 – 14. Picasso’s other reinterpretations are based on works by Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Poussin, and Goya.
Picasso Museum – How to get there
Picasso Museum is located at Carrer de Montcada 15-23, Barcelona and you can get there thru nearby stations such as Carrer Comerç, Plaça Ramon Berenguer, Plaça de la Catedral, and Avinguda Marquès de l’Argentera.
Picasso Museum – Admission and opening hours
Museum is open to public from 9am to 7pm on Tuesdays thru Sunday, including holidays. Museum is closed on Mondays. Admission fee of $15 is charged for all collections, $12.30 for permanent collection, and $5 for temporary exhibitions.