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Do you know the inhabitants of the Museu Picasso?

Last year we started a series of biographical articles about the characters that appear in the paintings of Picasso from the collection of the museum. They are people with names and surnames, intimate friends, close relations or simply acquaintances that passed through Picasso’s life.  Of all of them, the artist did portraits using different techniques and styles that allow us to appreciate the wealth of registers that the artist mastered.

Collage Habitants
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Restoration of the early twentieth century ceiling in the gallery of Science and Charity

During the month of November in gallery 3 of the permanent collection, in which Picasso’s work Science and Charity is exhibited, restoration works are being carried out of the paintings of the early twentieth century ceiling of the Palau Meca, that had deteriorated with the passing of time.

Bastida sostre sala 3

Scaffolding on which the restorers work

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Picasso’s study of the street of la Riera de Sant Joan of Barcelona

Throughout his life, Picasso worked in several studios and workshops. During the years he lived in Barcelona he shared studios with other artists: one of them was located on number 17 of Riera de Sant Joan street. He settled there for the first time in 1900, along with his friend Carles Casagemas, and he would return to move there for the second and last time with Ángel Fernández de Soto in 1903.

Riera de Sant JoanPlanol Districte 2. PC Caixa 37.Carpeta 5 (dcte.2)

Pablo Picasso. Riera de Sant Joan Street from the window in the artist’s studio. Barcelona, 1900. Oil painting on wood. 22,3 x 13,8 cm. MPB 110.213 I Detail of the general plan of the District II with indications of the neighbourhoods, blocks of houses, numbering and pertitent signs. AMCB. Source City Council of Barcelona. Q162 Surveying: Plan of the City, PC-37 file 05/12. Contemporary Municipal Archive of Barcelona

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The activities of the new season of the Museu Picasso

With the arrival of the autumn we’re back to the daily routine, of school and work. If you wish a break from your daily routine, the museum proposes a series of activities addressed to all ages!

First of all, from September onwards, every Thursday evening you can visit us for free after work. Admission will be free of charge from 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm.

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Come by the Museu Picasso this summer!

If you’re in Barcelona this August don’t miss out on all you can do in the Museum. Readings, strolls, exhibitions, tours around Barcelona or visits without moving from your chair, you choose!

· Visit the exhibition “Landscapes of Barcelona”: come and see the exhibition and discover the landscapes of the Barcelona of Picasso. Rooftops, windows, the Barcelona seafront, the urban areas… all the facets of the city by the hand of the artist that are represented in the collection.


Pablo Picasso. Barceloneta Beach. Barcelona, 1896. Oil on canvas. 24.4 x 34 cm (irregular). Gif tof Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.073 | Màrius Aguirre Serrat-Calvó. Factories by Barcelona beach. 1888-1910. Modern print © Arxiu Fotogràfic Centre Excursionista de Catalunya

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Inhabitants of the museum: Carles Casagemas, the mysterious friend from youth of Picasso

Carles Casagemas i Coll was a Catalan artist and writer who was born in Barcelona on September 27th 1880 within a bourgeois family. His father, Manuel Casagemas i Llabrós, was General Vice-Consul of the United States of America in Barcelona and Lluïsa Casagemas, one of his sisters, was a well-known composer. Casagemas was considered one of the most singular Catalan artists within the framework of the second modernist generation. His main artistic reference was Isidre Nonell.

MPB 110.022Casagemas i Picasso carrer Mercè

Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Carles Casagemas. 1899-1900. Oil on canvas. 55 x 45 cm. MPB 110.022 | Picasso, Ángel F. de Sotoand Carles Casagemas on the family terrace of the former, in the street of la Mercè circa. 1900. Source: Eduard Vallès Archive, Barcelona

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5 years of the blog of the Museu Picasso!

We are celebrating the fact that 5 years ago we started to publish articles on the blog of the museum. And a lot has happened in 5 years. The technology and the informative consumption habits have been changing and from the museum we have tried to keep adapting to the realities of each moment.

5 anys
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Inhabitants of the museum: Lola, Picasso’s sister

Maria Dolores Ruiz Picasso, sister of Pablo Picasso and known familiarly as Lola, was born in Malaga in 1884 and was a model par excellence of the early portraits of Picasso. Her first portrait dates from December 1st 1894.


Lola Ruiz Picasso. Photographer: José Sellier. Heirs of Ricardo Huelin Ruiz-Blasco, Madrid | Pablo Picasso. Lol Lulling her Doll. Sketchbook of A Coruña, 1894. Graphite pencil on paper. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 111.417

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Who was the enigmatic Margot?

Pablo Picasso went on his second trip to Paris in June 1901 to prepare an exhibition of his recent work, together with the Basque painter Francisco Iturrino, in the Vollard Gallery. Organised by the young Catalan dealer Pere Mañach, the exhibition opened on June 25th.


Pablo Picasso. The Wait (Margot), 1901. Oil on board. 68,5 x 56cm. MPB 4.271

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“Querido Sabartés” Jaume Sabartés seen by Pablo Picasso

Last Thursday we began a series of annual master conferences based around the work of Picasso in honour of the founder of the museum, Jaume Sabartés. The first of these was given by Elizabeth Cowling, exploring the role that caricature played in Picasso’s portraits based on the ones he did of Sabartés during the years of friendship they shared.

MPB 70.228 Retrat de Jaume Sabartés, assegut Retrat blau de Sabartés MPB_070.491 MPB_070.232
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Jaume Sabartés, Seated. 1900. Watercolour and charcoal on paper. 50,5 x 33 cm. MPB 70.228 | Pablo Picasso. Blue portrait of Jaume Sabartés. Oil on canvas. 46 x 38 cm. MPB 70.491 | Pablo Picasso. “Poeta decadente”. Portrait of Jaume Sabartés. 1900. Charcoal and watercolour on laid hand-made paper. 48 x 32 cm. MPB 70.232

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