El Blog del museo Picasso de Barcelona

The Museum, as a tool of social inclusion

Far from the concept of a museum as a simple container of works, for some years now, the Museu Picasso has taken on the commitment to get involved with programmes of social inclusion for various collectives, which use art as a tool for personal enrichment and training. In addition to the programmes with educational institutions, from the museum's department of education, all types of activities are boosted within this field, which as happens with the projects for teachers, carry out a silent work and with very little visibility at a media level, but, on the other hand, they are very ...

A 2020 with jewels, sketchbooks and a surreal object rescued from oblivion

The jewels and sketchbooks of Picasso are the protagonists of two of the major temporary exhibitions that can be seen in the museum this year, 2020, which deal with two little known aspects of the artist. The museum will also present an exhibition based on the recent discovery of a surrealist object by Óscar Domínguez, Jamais, from 1938, a work that the artist from the Canary Islands had given as a gift to Picasso, but until a year ago it was not known where it was. The proposal of temporary exhibitions for 2020 is “multi-faceted”, in the words of the ...

Sánchez Arcas, the friend and guide of Picasso and Eluard in the Congress for Peace

Manuel Sánchez Arcas (1897-1970) was a very active architect during the 1920s and 1930s, and a man committed towards the republican cause. He was considered to be one of the maximum components of the Madrid functionalist rationalism, a follower of Gropius, sub-secretary of Propaganda with the government of the republican president Juan Negrín, during the Civil War, Sánchez Arcas was responsible for taking care of the defence of the monuments of Madrid. A friend of Picasso, Pablo Neruda and Rafael Alberti, the architect, like so many other intellectuals, had to go into exile, because of the republican defeat, first to ...

Massacre in Korea, the Guernica of the Cold War

In the middle of a desolate landscape, with the ruins of destroyed buildings in the background, the drama of war against the civilian population: six soldiers are about to shoot a group of women and children. The military is portrayed as heartless robots, half-dressed with pieces of metal and helmets, while the innocent victims, naked, devoid of any dignity, desperately awaiting the fatal moment. Only a very small boy, who is unaware of the danger of what is happening, is playing in a carefree way on the ground. One of the women - the one on the far right - ...

Encounter with Picasso’s poet friends

In which way can you relate the verses of two so different poets as Jacint Verdaguer and Rafael Alberti, with Picasso? This and other questions emerged in the symposium Au rendez-vous des poètes a Catalunya, which took place on 28th November in the museum within the framework of the exhibition Picasso poet. The poets were the authentic protagonists of this encounter of experts from various disciplines, who analysed throughout a whole day the poetic complicities of Picasso. The symposium posed more questions than answers. Throughout the day, numerous "new windows" were opened in this relation between poetry and Picasso, as Jèssica ...