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Josep Rocarol, the set designer who saved the monastery of Pedralbes

In October 1902 Picasso and his friend Josep Rocarol i Faura took the train from Barcelona to Paris.  They were happy because they had just managed to avoid doing the military service after their respective families had paid an amount to “redeem them” from the mili.  For Picasso this would be his third trip to Paris.  Very excited but with not a lot of money in their pockets: Rocarol, 35 pesetas; Picasso, over confident that things would work out, not one cent.  Just on reaching Paris, they went to stay in a cheap hotel of Montparnasse. Rocarol paid, of course, ...

Picasso on record: testimonies. Joan Gaspar

Joan Gaspar Farreras (Barcelona, 1941) comes, on his father's side, from a family of gallery owners, and on his mother's side from a lineage of doctors. Collocating the plaque with the name of the museum on the façade of the Palau Berenguer d’Aguilar c.1963. Photograph: Hernández. Museu Picasso, Barcelona | Plaque with the name of the museum on the façade of the Palau Berenguer d’Aguilar. c.1963. Museu Picasso, Barcelona (more…)

Talking about Picasso’s Guernica at Montjuïc

The Generalitat de Catalunya’s Memorial Democràtic initiative has organized a series of activities, exhibitions and talks to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Civil War bombing of the civilian population. Guernica. Pablo Picasso, 1937. Oil on canvas Although aerial bombardment had been used in previous wars, the Spanish Civil War was the first in which the civilian population was subjected to intensive and continuous attack from the air. First in Euskadi — the Basque Country — and then all over the country, the rebel General Franco’s army and its Italian and German allies systematically bombed defenceless towns and cities behind the lines. ...