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What can you do at the Museu Picasso during these holidays?

The Christmas holidays are for resting and disconnecting, strolling through the streets with Christmas lights, well wrapped up, meeting up with family and friends, and sharing many meals, but it's also a time for doing a bit of culture! The Museu Picasso proposes a series of ideas for enjoying Picasso inside and outside the museum: (more…)

The Donation of David Douglas Duncan: A little big story

On 21 September 2012, David Douglas Duncan called me to tell me he would like to donate a number of his photographs on Picasso.  I suggested he could present the donation on the same day that the Museum was to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary, on 9 March 2013. We continued to talk over the phone and send each other faxes, DDD’s usual mode of communication. On the following 5 October, after DDD had discussed the production of these new prints with the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas in Austin, the archive to which he had donated the ...

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 ...

Art and patronage: from the private collection to public heritage, and the legal aspects that make it possible

At the end of October the exhibition “Picasso ceramics. Jacqueline’s gift to Barcelona” was presented, an exhibition that commemorates the 30th anniversary of the donation of 41 ceramic pieces from her private collection that Jacqueline gave to the Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Postcard of the ceramics exhibition (more…)

A Donation to the Picasso. With a Cat

For all of us at the Museum the greeting card for Christmas 2010 and this new year that has just begun had a star that was foreseeable but at the same time unexpected: a photograph of Pablo Picasso! The unexpected part is that this is an unpublished photograph, the very existence of which was previously unknown. Pablo Picasso – Vallauris 1954 (donation) (more…)