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.
Having La Vie in Barcelona is a privilege for the city. The return of this work to the physical space in which it was painted in 1903 takes us back to a period and a setting of creation where the bases of modernity were established.
But as it tends to happen with majorworks, the media reaction of the time eclipsed other more modest creations that remained in second place, far from the critical look. The painting Barcelona Rooftops is a good example of this, and in spite of this oversight it has been a fundamental piece for the conception of this exhibition.
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!
From October 11th onwards you can see in the galleries of the museum the exhibition “Journey through the blue: La Vie” organised by the Museu Picasso of Barcelona in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Sebastià Junyent i Sans was born in Barcelona in 1865. He was the son of an manufacturer from the carrer del Rec that each year organised the carnival of the Born with the cultural society Societat del Born.
This autumn the Collection is renewing itself again with the return of works loaned to various exhibitions and the rotation of pieces that, for reasons of preventive conservation, cannot be permanently exhibited in the galleries of the museum.
The changes mentioned as followed will be carried out during the month of September and at the beginning of October.
Gallery 1: On the occasion of the return of the works loaned to the Museo Picasso of Malaga and on the finalisation of the exhibition “Yo Picasso. Self-portraits” in this gallery a series of portraits and self-portraits by the artist will once again be exhibited.
On July 4th the second exhibition dedicated to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Museu Picasso was inaugurated. The exhibition will be on until November 24th and is entitled “50 years of the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. The Collection”.
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
Some archive photographs reminded me of my first experiences in the museum. They were a cycle of talks about the life and work of Picasso: what a pleasure it was to listen to Francesc Vicens talking about the man from Malaga!
Shortly afterwards, in 1980, I started on my professional path into the world of Picasso (first the access tests into the body of museum curators of the Spanish state, and afterwards the work practice). An energetic path of emotions under the sign of constant training and of sensorial and life experiences:
The work Las Meninas has returned from its loan, first to the Guggenheim Museum of New York and subsequently to the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, in the exhibition “Picasso Black and White”. The work can now be seen again in Gallery 12 of the museum. Here you can find some of the images from the photo album of its journey: