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The future of museums: report TrendsWatch 2015

The American Alliance of Museums’ Center for the Future of Museums (CFM) has published their annual report TrendsWatch, the fourth they issue.  The CFM is a think tank and R & D lab for fostering creativity and helping museums transcend traditional boundaries to serve society in new ways.  The CFM helps museums explore the cultural, political and economic challenges facing society and devise strategies to shape a better tomorrow.


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Teachers: we propose you come and get to know us

Last academic year we presented a new educational proposal for the students that visit us within the framework of the field trips programmed by schools and institutes, a proposal you can read about in this article in the blog and that, after this first course, we rate highly in terms of how it helps us to work on the relationship between the students and the works of art.

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Introducing the new educational proposal

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The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis

I had the wonderful opportunity to develop a new artwork to be exhibited at the Museu Picasso, Barcelona for the Art, Ciència i programme of the Festival de Ciència, Tecnologia i Innovació 2014 as part of my project about the relationship of art and Tuberculosis which is called “The Romantic Disease”. The new work was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s 1899-1900 series ¡Pobres genios! (Poor Geniuses) from the museum’s collection, which shows a group of people around a bed of a very sick patient, believed to represent a tuberculosis (TB) sufferer.


Workshop results

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The creative process of Picasso in the University Master’s Degree of Research in Art and Design

The museum  participates in the University Master’s Degree of Research in Art and Design organised by the school EINA, by contributing knowledge about the creative process of Picasso. This master’s degree points towards two aspects, on the one hand it takes an in-depth look at the critical theory of art and design, and on the other it debates about how art and design can be ways of researching aspects of the world that produce knowledge.

Reyes i Malén davant La Vida

Commented visit of the exhibition “Journey through the blue: La Vie”. Work: Pablo Picasso. La Vie. 1903. Oil on canvas. The Cleveland Museum of Art. Gift of the Hanna Fund, 1945.24

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This spring’s changes to the Collection

During this month of May we are carrying out new changes in the works exhibited in the Collection. In some cases, as for example the works on paper, the changes are being done for reasons of preventive conservation, but we are also taking advantage of these modifications to be able to show all the wealth of the Collection following a coherent expositive discourse and bringing to light works which perhaps are not so well known from these periods of Picasso.

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Visitors in the galleries of the Collection

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Changes in the Collection of the Museu Picasso

It is a well known fact that museums do not permanently exhibit all the works of their collections. For reasons of conservation or due to the curatorial discourse, a large number of drawings and paintings are systematically changed, turning the Collection into a living organism that is renewed and modified non-stop.

Our Collection is very rich in terms of works on paper – drawings and prints, that, for reasons of preventive conservation, oblige us to change them every three or four months. This allows us to exhibit all the works and even the smallest ones, which take on special relevance by being put in context.

The galleries of the Collection

Visitors at the galleries of the museum’s Collection

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Attracting donors and collectors: the case of the Portland Museum of Art

We recently welcomed Mark Bessire, director of the Portland Museum of Art, to speak in the seminar on collecting and sponsorship organized by the museum and the Fundación Godia. We felt that his experience in fund raising, although belonging to a very different cultural and economic environment, was not only enlightening but it also provided us with helpful tips as to how to understand the relationship between donors and institutions, so we asked him to let us publish it in our blog.

Artists founded the Portland Society of Art in 1882. While most American museums were founded by industrialists aspiring to gain European sophistication and to bring cultural education to Americans, we were founded by people who wanted to make art and display it for their community.

First building of the Portland Society

First building of the Portland Society of Art

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4th International Seminar on Art and Law in Malaga

On Friday 13 April the Museo Picasso Málaga auditorium hosted the fourth celebration of the 4th International Seminar on Art and Law in Malaga, a result of  an agreement between the lawyers’ Bars of Málaga, Barcelona and Paris, to organize consecutively a gathering each spring that would provide a forum for the latest developments in the field of law applied to art, and would not be limited to members of the Law career but actively undertake to share and discuss these matters with the other parties involved: museums, galleries, artists, dealers, public authorities, author’s rights agencies, etc.

Opening the seminar. ICA Malaga / Photo: Fotos: Spiral, Agencia Fotográfica

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Building the Neighbourhood with BarriBrossa

This week saw the presentation to the press of the ninth annual BarriBrossa, a festival organized by La Seca Espai Brossa that, in the words of co-director Hermann Bonnín, ‘isn’t really a festival, or an arts fair: it aims rather to be a reflection on our culture that sheds light on those avant-garde movements of the twentieth century that are still relevant the twenty-first century’.

Cartell BarriBrossa

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On the Market, the Economy and Art at the Reading Club

The conversation with the critic and curator Valentín Roma, author of Rostros (Periférica, 2012), about Serge Guilbaut’s book How New York Stole the Idea of ​​Modern Art took us on a journey through a series of historical events and ideas fundamental to understanding the visual arts of the twentieth century.

Portada "De cómo Nueva York robó la idea de arte moderno"

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