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Inhabitants of the Museum: Benedetta Bianco, Mrs Canals

In a previous post, we already talked to you about the origin of Mrs. Canals, one of the most outstanding portraits of the collection of the Museu Picasso of Barcelona, which the artist from Malaga painted in the autumn of 1905 while he was living in Paris.  But, without putting to one side the relation with Picasso, on this occasion we want to delve in a little more into the figure of a woman who also appears in works of other artists of the period, and who would often become the heart and soul of parties.

What lies behind a work? Reflections about Madame Canals [Benedetta Bianco]

Once he had settled down definitively in Paris in 1904, Picasso got back in touch with several of his old friends from Barcelona. Without doubt, it was the ties to Ricard Canals which were strengthened the more in these new circumstances, and the portrait of Benedetta Bianco, the sentimental partner of Canals, testifies to that. At the Bateau Lavoir the two couples – Picasso and Fernande, and Canals and Benedetta – established a very close friendship: according to Fernande, Picasso would spend the days in the studio of Canals and Benedetta would make use of her culinary skills to feed ...

Winning texts from the competition “Picasso in Words”

This past month of June we awarded the prizes to the winners of the competition of short stories "Picasso in Words" organised jointly with the Open University of Catalonia (OUC). Here we show you the winning stories: The Passeig de Colom The Passeig de Colom. Pablo Picasso. Barcelona, 1917. Oil on canvas. MPB 110.028 (more…)

Changes in the Collection of the Museu Picasso

It is a well known fact that museums do not permanently exhibit all the works of their collections. For reasons of conservation or due to the curatorial discourse, a large number of drawings and paintings are systematically changed, turning the Collection into a living organism that is renewed and modified non-stop. Our Collection is very rich in terms of works on paper - drawings and prints, that, for reasons of preventive conservation, oblige us to change them every three or four months. This allows us to exhibit all the works and even the smallest ones, which take on special ...