On Saturday March 9th the Museu Picasso celebrated the 50th anniversary of its inauguration. Quite a milestone, particularly if we take into account the Barcelona of 1963 and the political environment of the time.
Despite the threat of rain, this year’s Festa del Dibuix was a major success of participation! A Big Thanks to the big and small ones, workshop leaders, institutions, monitors and collaborators for making this day a big Big Draw! And here we leave you with a small selection of the photos that were taken:
For the third year in a row, pencils are being sharpened in preparation for the return of the Big Draw on Sunday 21st October. This festivity is a proposal that originates from London and that little by little has spread around the world. Pencils, felt tip pens, paints, cardboard, paint brushes, pieces of paper or just bits of paper… all the materials are valid for letting your imagination fly and starting to draw, from toddlers to the oldest ones, drawing is ageless!
Very happy with the results of the previous years, this year we’re repeating the experience with more workshop leaders, spaces and collaborators. Read more »
Will you be spending your summer holidays in Barcelona? Both if you are from the city or from outside, we propose a number of activities so that you can spend a cool time away from the heat:
With Bernardo Laniado-Romero at the front, a new period starts for the museum, with a lot of enthusiasm both from the new director and from the team of the museum. In his presentation of the new 2012-2013 season, he outlined the following lines of action:
Within the project entitled Pi, pica, picas(so), and for the second year in a row, the Museu Picasso opened its doors one Spring Monday for the boys and girls from the nursery schools of the neighbourhood to offer them a live music concert given by the group Tres & Jazz. The musical proposal was inspired by a selection of five paintings, a piece of pottery by Picasso and some photographs that the children had the chance to look at and observe in detail during the school course.
This past May we held a collage workshop with Gloria Vilches within the framework of the exhibition “A collage before collage”. Four very intense sessions that led us through the history of the collage to subsequently be able to make our own works by cutting out and sticking various materials.
Here at the museum we are starting a new season of ‘Seen by…’, our special programme of guided visits to the collection led by rather out-of-the-ordinary guides: we ask professional people from very different backgrounds to talk about their responses to the works on show, in terms of their particular links to their own creative endeavour and their visual and cultural imaginary. Architects, writers, circus artists, dancers, painters, photographers, scientists, poets, designers, art critics, film and theatre directors and more… a wide range of creative talents from the most varied fields have shared their perspectives and points of view, enabling us see the works with new eyes and break away from the historicist approaches that so often shape the way we engage with Pablo Picasso’s art and at times tend to alienate rather than bring us closer to it.
One of the first tasks undertaken by the Centre for Knowledge and Research, soon after it was founded in 2009, was to ask the firm of Veclus, s.l. to carry out an architectural history study of the five palaces on carrer Moncada that are the current home of the Museu Picasso.
The discussion of Javier Pérez Andújar’s autobiographical novel Los principes valientes — in which he talks about the relationship between the town of Sant Adrià del Besós and the city of Barcelona, about the river as a vital border, about how we build up our imagination with what we read and a whole multifarious mix of cultural myths — was characterized by a warmth that contrasted with the intense cold outside.