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This autumn we are renewing the galleries of the collection

Last week we started the changes to the permanent collection of the museum to renew the galleries for this autumn. Throughout the year we have been systematically changing a certain number of drawings and paintings, turning, in this way, the collection into a living organism which is renewed and modified non-stop.

The reasons for these changes that we do on a periodical basis is due in some cases to reasons of preventive conservation, as would be the case of the works on paper and the works being restored, and also for reformulations of the expositive discourse of the galleries, either to exhibit works which are not habitually seen or for loans to temporary exhibitions of the museum and also to exhibitions of other museums.

This periodical movement of the pieces provides us with the opportunity to show the public the major wealth of works that we conserve and that we are unable to exhibit completely. As follows we explain the most important novelties gallery by gallery:

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Pablo Picasso. Country house and shed. A Coruña, 1894. Graphite pencil on paper. 12.6 x 19 cm. Gif of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 111.407R | Pablo Picasso. Tarfe the Moor and a slave. A Coruña, 1894. LGraphite pencil on paper. 19 x 12.6 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 111.422

Gallery 1: the first gallery of the permanent collection is devoted to the beginnings of the artist and gathers together works produced in La Coruña, as well as the first self-portraits and family portraits. The most notable changes in this space are the inclusion of a Self-portrait from 1896 and the incorporation of two landscapes of La Coruña in the first display cabinet. With the first landscapes done in La Coruña we can appreciate the ease of learning and the rapid artistic improvement of Picasso from when he was 10 years old until he was 13.

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Pablo Picasso. Aunt Pepa. Málaga, June-July, 1896. Oil on canvas. 57.5 x 50.5 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.010 | Pablo Picasso. Lean-to at the port of Málaga. Málaga,June-July, 1896. Oil on canvas. 23.5 x 29.4 cm. Gift by Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull

Gallery 2: for reasons of discursive coherence, the work First communion is being moved to Gallery 3, and in its place the portrait of Aunt Pepa will be located. In the same gallery some landscapes will also be changed and a series of seascapes will be incorporated that Picasso painted during the years that he lived in Málaga.

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Pablo Picasso. Science and charity. Barcelona, 1897. Oil on canvas. 197 x 249.5 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.046 | Pablo Picasso.  First communion.  Barcelona, 1896.Oil on canvas. 166 x 118 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcleona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.001

Gallery 3: once we have carried out all the changes, it will be possible to contemplate for the first time and in the same gallery Science and charity and First communion, the main works so as to be able to understand the academic training of the young Picasso and his incorporation into the official artistic world, given that First communion participated in the 3rd Exhibition of Fine Arts and Artistic Industries, in Barcelona in 1896, and Science and charity participated in, and won an honorific mention in, the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Madrid in 1897.  Furthermore, a series of landscapes of Madrid and of Horta de Sant Joan will also beon display.

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Pablo Picasso. Old woman. Barcelona or Paris, c. 1900. Conté crayon and traces of red pencil on varnished paper. 12.9 x 11.9 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.045

Gallery 4: the oil painting Self-portrait with wig, that has been exhibited in “Picasso/Dalí. Dalí/Picasso” both in Florida and in Barcelona can once again be seen hung in this gallery, alongside the portrait of Carles Casagemas. On the other hand, the Portrait of an unknown man after El Greco, will be leaving for the forthcoming temporary exhibition of this October “Picasso’s passion for El Greco”. Also in this same gallery various changes will be made of the works on paper, and other works will be hung, as for example, amongst others, Old woman, a work that hasn’t been exhibited for a long time.

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Pablo Picasso. Female head, and other sketches. Barcelona, c. 1899. Black pencil, graphite pencil, pen and ink, and coloured pencil on papeR. 21.8 x 16 cm (irregular). Gify of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.318 | Pablo Picasso. “Decadentes”. Barcelona, 1899-1900. Pen and sepia ink on paper. 20,5 x 12,7 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.297

Gallery 5: in this gallery we usually exhibit a selection of drawings from the years 1899-1900 from our collection. This time we will be presenting a series of sketches and drawings of elegant personages, ladies and gentlemen, which are a counterpoint to the popular characters exhibited on other occasions.

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Pablo Picasso. The embrace. Paris, 1900. Pastel on paper. 59 x 35 cm. Given by Barcelona City Council, 1963.  Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 4.263

Gallery 6: the return of the pastel painting The embrace, which until now had been resting, is one of the notable changes of the season.  The work will be able to be seen together with the pastel on paper The dressing-room, which has also been in the reserve for reasons of preventive conservation.

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Pablo Picasso. Sebastià Junyent i Sans. Barcelona, c. 1903. Oil on canvas. 73.5 x 60.5 cm. Gift by Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.018 | Woman in blue shawl. Barcelona, 1902. Oil on canvas. 60.3 x 52.4 cm. ID: F0198700001000. Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japó © Successió Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2015 | Pablo Picasso. Woman with lock of hair. Barcelona, 1903.Watercolour on paper. 50 x 37 cm. Given by Barcelona City Council, 1963. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 4.268

Gallery 8: until December 14th, in the centre of this room you will be able to contemplate the works from the Blue Period Woman in a blue shawl, painted in Barcelona in 1902 and loaned by the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art of Japan.  Furthermore, in the right wing of this room you will be able to see the watercolour The woman with lock of hair and Female nude, amongst others, and in the left wing, the blue portrait of Sebastià Junyent, as well as a series of drawings from 1905.


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Pablo Picasso. The passeig de Colom. Barcelona, 1917. Oil on canvas. 40 x 32 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.028 | Pablo Picasso. Fruit bowl. Barcelona, 1917. Oil on canvas. 40 x 28 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.029

Galleries 9-10: the work Woman with a mantilla, that until now had been exhibited in this room, has been taken down to be restored, and in its place we will display the Gored horse. The works The Passeig de Colom and Fruit bowl will also be incorporated, all of them painted in Barcelona in 1917.

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Pablo Picasso. Flutist and three nude women. Boisgeloup, 21st July, 1932. Drypoint and scraping on copper plate, printed on Montval laid paper. 29,7 x 36,7 cm (plate); 34,2 x 45 cm (paper). Acquisition, 1987. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 112.850 | Pablo Picasso. Sleeping or dead nude woman (Danaë?). Paris, 17th January,  1934. Etching on copper plate, printed on ancient laid paper (numbered artist’s proof). 14 x 20.8 cm (plate);  20,8 x 29.5 cm (paper). Gift of Galerie Louise Leiris, 1983. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 112.686 | Pablo Picasso. Two seated women. Paris, autumn 1938. Etching on copper plate printed on ancient laid paper (numbered artist’s proof). 24,9 x 27.7 cm (plate); 36 x 52.5 cm (paper). Gift of Galerie Louise Leiris, 1983. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 112.676

Gallery 11: in this space, dedicated to the technique of etching, a selection of a dozen works produced between 1923 and 1947 will be exhibited. These works were created  with different engraving techniques, and all have the theme of the woman as their common denominator.

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Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas. Cannes, 17th August, 1957. Oil on canvas. 194 x 260 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.433 | Pablo Picasso. Sketch for “Las Meninas”. Cannes, 16th August, 1957.Blue pencil on paper (page from a sketchbook). 24 x 30.5 cm. Gif of Catherine Hutin, 2009. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 113.292

Galleries 12-14: in Las Meninas gallery, the whole of the series -which was produced from August to December 1957-, together with the preparatory sketch, will be on display. Due to loans and collaborations of the museum with other institutions, it’s been a long time since we haven’t had the whole series complete in our galleries. It is a good moment to stop by the museum and enjoy this unique chance to see the only series by Picasso that is kept together.

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Pablo Picasso. The pigeons. Cannes, 7 September 1957. Oil on canvas. 100 x 81 cm. Gif of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.450 | Pablo Picasso. The pigeons. Cannes, 6 September 1957. Oil on canvas. 100 x 80 cm. Gif of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.451 | Pablo Picasso. The pigeons. Cannes, 12 September 1957. Oil on canvas. 100 x 80 cm. Gif of Pablo Picasso, 1968. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. MPB 70.457

Galleries 15-16: the work in residence The studio at La Californie will be at the museum until the end of the year.  Some small changes in the presentation of the works of The doves will be done.

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Pablo Picasso. Humorous composition. Portrait of Jaume Sabartés and a pin-up. Cannes, 10 February 1957. Brush and Indian ink, and scraping on magazine printed paper. 44.4 x 30.5 cm. Gif of Jaume Sabartés. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. | Pablo Picasso. Humorous composition. Portrait of Jaume Sabartés as a monkey with a pin-up.Cannes, 8th October, 1957. Graphite pencil and blue grease pencil on cut magazine printed paper. 43,6 x 30,6 cm. Gift of Jaume Sabartés. MPB 70.679

Gallery B1: in the gallery dedicated to Jaume Sabartés, a series of drawings will be removed and in their place you will be able to contemplate some of the humoristic compositions that Picasso did and dedicated to his great friend and personal secretary.

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