El Blog del museo Picasso de Barcelona
  • 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 ...

  • Paul Eluard and Picasso, passion for poetry

    Often painters write poetry and are friends of poets. For Picasso it was clear that painting and poetry were united. "After all...all arts are just one. You can write a painting with words, just as you can paint sensations in a poem". The intense relation of Picasso with poetry and writing, which had already begun when as an adolescent he would write letters to his family in the form of a diary, is the theme for this autumn and winter in the Museu Picasso, which it aims to explore in an in-depth way in two simultaneous exhibitions and various activities. ...

  • Bernard Plossu: “Picasso is a photographer!”

    During the last days of Picasso, the photographer’s gaze, the exhibition has had a luxury guest, the French photographer Bernard Plossu (1945), well known for his subtle and poetic landscapes in black and white and one of today’s major European photographers. While, in the photomontage of Joan Fontcuberta, which is included in the exhibition, Picasso wore two watches, then Plossu had two cameras hanging around his neck during the guided visit to the exhibition on Thursday12th September, accompanied by the director of the museum, Emmanuel Guigon, and the curator of the exhibition, Violeta Andrés.