The project Open All Areas is a European program of exchange of knowledge between seven organisations that are working on the development of publics in culture. The project aims to find ways of overcoming cultural exclusion and achieve access to culture for everyone. Within the project different meetings are held to discuss and above all learn from others. The entities linked to the project are Audiences Europe Network, Rotterdam Festivals, ECCOM, Danish Center for Arts&Interculture, Demos, Audiences Norway, Audiences Northern Ireland i ArticketBCN, and it has been possible to do so thanks to a Grundtvig subsidy from the European Union.
One of the most habitual ways of thinking about a work or about an author is to link them to their surroundings, something which often ends up being a reflection about the city in which these works were produced. It’s not a triviality, modern art has shown itself to be inseparable from the fate of its cities, be it Paris, or New York, or…. But, what are we saying when we say city? Are we merely referring to an organisation of spaces and areas? Or, rather, are we pointing towards a secret emotional mapping? To what extent is a city made up of words – said, listened, repeated, and not the type of places that fill the guidebooks?
We have asked Montse Morales to write a text about the Big Draw. As someone who has known the Big Draw since its early days in London, she had been looking for an institution that wanted to bring the Big Draw to the city, and it was she that offered us the idea, made us understand it, and encouraged us to go ahead with it.
Montse is a psychologist and professor of Visual and Plastic Arts Education; responsible for the art section of the children’s and youth’s magazine Cavall Fort and coordinator of the Urban Culture blog of the Master’s Degree in Environmental Intervention from the University of Barcelona, from where she has carried out numerous studies about topics related to childhood and the city.
Last Thursday we started the fourth season of the Reading Club of the museum. This year we have incorporated a new coordinator, the writer Borja Bagunyà, with whom we will dwell into a carefully chosen selection of readings based around the world of Picasso, the collection and exhibitions of the museum and the relationship of Picasso with Barcelona. As follows we present the impressions of Borja Bagunyà about this season’s first session:
Pencils ready! The “Big Draw, la Festa del Dibuix” has arrived! For the fourth year in a row the museum is celebrating this festa dedicated to drawing. Initially organised by The Campaign for Drawing, the project has become spread all over the world. Next Sunday, October 20th, you will be able to enjoy 25 free workshops from 11am to 7pm. For sure you won’t stop drawing!
As each year, the museum doesn’t close for holidays and during the month of August you can come and enjoy the exhibitions and activities we offer. Here are a few recommendations:
· Exhibition “Yo Picasso. Self-Portraits”: this is the first major monographic exhibition about Picasso’s self-portraits and covers more than 70 years of his artistic production.
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
This past month of May, the roundtable about “Picasso in the Barcelona of the 60s” took place, bringing together expert historians, writers and architects to talk about the context of the birth of the museum within the framework of the exhibition that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the museum “The Museu Picasso, 50 years in Barcelona.The Origins”.
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The 4th edition of the competition of short stories “Picasso in Words” already has winners! This year we would like to highlight the fact that the category of 12 to 18 years old has two winners given that the quantity and quality of the proposals received has made us opt for this double prize.
Representing the Museu Picasso, I was were lucky enough to be able to attend the edition of MuseumNext that took place on May 13th, 14th and 15th in Amsterdam, thanks to an invitation from the organisers for having been joint organisers last year.
Now that a few days have passed, there has been time enough to put all the information, ideas and shared knowledge received in order, and I would like to highlight those concepts that seemed most relevant. However, much better than this summary, we recommend a visit to its Tumblr.