This weekend we launched the second season of ‘The Mysterious Case of the missing Picasso’, a family treasure hunt through the galleries with plenty of intrigue.
Mateu begins his investigations (Joan Forns, from Cia. La Paparra). Photo: Jordi Mota
And we started on a high note. Here are the comments of one of the mothers who took part this weekend:
‘We went along on Sunday and it was fantastic! Really interesting and very well focused for the kids. M. who is 9 and L. who is 7 both had a great time, and as a mother I have to say that as well as enjoying themselves… they learned a lot… Please don’t change, keep it just as it is! Thank you.’
The fact is that we are very happy to be presenting this initiative again, which was first developed last spring by the theatre company La Paparra in response to our request for:
- Some form of treasure hunt
- An activity centred on the permanent collection
- Aimed at children aged 5 to 13 approximately, but also involving the whole family
- Both fun and educational
Among the keys to the success of ‘The Mysterious Case…’ are, on the one hand, the acting talents of the members of La Paparra, who really get everyone involved, and on the other, the central character, who is entirely believable, yet clearly belongs to a realm of fantasy and imagination.
Investigators in action. Photos: Jordi Mota
The activity starts with Mateu introducing himself to the group of children and parents. Mateu wants to get a job at the museum, but in order to do so he must solve a series of puzzles, and he can’t do it on his own, so he asks the visitors for their help.
The quest leads to a series of artworks in different rooms. For each one there is a question or puzzle, and when this has been explained to us, some aspect of the work itself gives us the answer or clue. Once all of the questions have been answered we have the solution to the mysterious puzzle, and all of the children receive an investigator’s card in recognition of their help.
A week or two after taking part in the quest last autumn my daughter asked me, in all seriousness, ‘Mum, what about Mateu? How’s he getting on in his new job?’
Solving the mysterious case of the Picasso. Photos: Jordi Mota
So, what’s new this time round? Nothing at all ?! Except, of course, that the quest has been adapted to the changes in the permanent collection, which despite being permanent is always different, as some works are taken down to be restored or loaned out to an exhibition and others are brought out to go on display…
If you’re one of those sleuths who take their magnifying glass with them everywhere they go… this activity is for you!