Picasso Museum BarcelonaMuseu de Picasso in Barcelona has a permanent collection made up of more than 3,800 examples of Pablo Ruiz Picasso’s work. The collection includes several of Picasso’s paintings, drawings, prints and some ceramics aside from many of his academic works and youthful depictions. The most significant take-away for the casual visitor will be tracing the transformation of Picasso’s art from humble traditionalist beginnings to his later signature style as his experimentation and influences evolved. Apart from the permanent collection, the museum also organizes several special showings and seminars on Picasso and related artists and subjects throughout the year.
This extraordinary collection from one of the most remarkable artists of the last century is fittingly housed in five palaces dating from the 13-15th centuries. Located in Barcelona’s old city, the palaces are fine illustrations of Catalan gothic architecture and worth a visit in themselves. The museum lacks good sign posting though so it would best to equip yourself with a good map or take help of the locals to make your way quickly.
Museu de Picasso is the inspiration of Picasso’s old friend and Secretary Jaume Sabartes. Originally, Picasso’s birthplace of Malaga was considered as the appropriate location for the project. It was Picasso who suggested Barcelona as a more fitting alternative in view of his long ties to the city. The museum collection was initially made up of Sabartes donation, items already in possession of the city’s other museums and donations from other art patrons of the city. In 1968, a significant addition to the museum was made by Picasso himself when he donated a mammoth assortment of his childhood and early works, including examples from his Blue Period.
The museum houses some noteworthy items but Picasso lovers looking for examples of his best work will be disappointed. Regardless, some of the important pieces in the collection are the ‘Las Meninas’, ‘Painter Working’ and ‘Science and Charity’. The most impressive facets of the Museu de Picasso’s collection are the chronological display, viewing Picasso’s work mature and the explanations on some of the artist’s influences.
The Museu De Picasso is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday between 10 am to 8 pm. The entrance is rather pricey at €10 per head so if your itinerary permits, it is advisable to take advantage of the museum’s free entry between 3 pm – 8 pm every Sunday and all day on the first Sunday of every month. If you cannot fit in the free hours, the best time to visit the museum is in the mornings before the crowds find the building and the snarling queues begin to form.
The museum also includes a café where you can grab a quick bite or use the facilities and a book/gift shop with an assortment of souvenirs and some interesting literature on Picasso and the city of Barcelona can be found.