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13.05.15

We’re renovating the galleries of the permanent Collection this spring

Spring is the time for changes and during the Mondays of this month of May we will be making changes to the galleries of the Collection. The reasons for these periodical changes are in some cases for preventive conservation issues and also for reformulations of the expositive discourse of the galleries, either to show works that are not habitually seen or for temporary loans to exhibitions of the museum or of other museums.

The most significant new items that you will see in the galleries are the following:

Gallery 1: in this gallery, dedicated to the first period of Picasso, small changes will be carried out both on the walls as well as in the display cases that won’t affect the global discourse of the space.

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Pablo Picasso. Mountains of Malaga. Màlaga, June-July 1896. Oil on canvas. 60.5 x 82 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.008

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16.04.15

Selection of drawings in A Galleries of the museum

The drawings in this selection — donated by Pablo Picasso to the museum in 1970 —show that drawing was his main means of artistic expression from a very early age. He used pencil, charcoal or ink to capture the world around him, first as an eager apprentice, and then as a means of experimentation.

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Pablo Picasso. Gentleman greeting a lady . Sketchbook of la Corunya, 1894-1895. La Corunya, February 6 1894. Watercolour paper. 19 x 12,6 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 111.490R | Pablo Picasso. Lottery ticket. La Corunya, c. 1895. Pen and Indian ink on watermarked paper. 27,4 x 19,9 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970.  Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.377

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15.10.14

5 years drawing the Big Draw Barcelona!

Five years ago we started a project that was a bit of an adventure. The museum wanted to offer our local public an activity open to all, which was participative and at the same time fun, but that it should also have a sense with our collection and the creative process of Picasso.

Big Draw 2014
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24.04.14

Inhabitants of the museum: Lola, Picasso’s sister

Maria Dolores Ruiz Picasso, sister of Pablo Picasso and known familiarly as Lola, was born in Malaga in 1884 and was a model par excellence of the early portraits of Picasso. Her first portrait dates from December 1st 1894.

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Lola Ruiz Picasso. Photographer: José Sellier. Heirs of Ricardo Huelin Ruiz-Blasco, Madrid | Pablo Picasso. Lol Lulling her Doll. Sketchbook of A Coruña, 1894. Graphite pencil on paper. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 111.417

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06.02.14

Masks and drawings in Sant Joan de Déu

The museum has been collaborating since 2010 (and we hope to continue to do so for many years to come!) with Barcelona’s children hospital, the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, through its department of volunteers, carrying out activities with the children resident in the hospital.

Mural St Joan de Déu 2014

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09.01.14

The changes to the Collection this January

This week we have started to make new changes to the permanent Collection of the museum that will be carried out throughout the month of January. This renovation includes the rotation of pieces that have to rest for reasons of preventive conservation, the temporary loan of works to other exhibitions, and the restructuring of the exhibition space so that the tour of the exhibition maintains a coherent discourse.  As follows we will explain the changes, gallery by gallery:

Gallery 1: On the occasion of the third exhibition of the fiftieth anniversary, “50 years of the Museu Picasso in Barcelona: The Exhibitions”, the oil painting Self-portrait, painted in 1896, will move from the galleries of the Collection to the temporary exhibition and in its place you will be able to see some other self-portraits.

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Pablo Picasso. Self-portrait. 1896. Oil on canvas. 46.5 x 31.5 cm. MPB 110.063 | Pablo Picasso. Self-portrait. 1896. Oil on wood. 22.1 x 13.7 cm. MPB 110.205

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18.11.13

Enthusiastic comments about the Big Draw, la Festa del Dibuix

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.

Workshop “News of the world”

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17.10.13

Big Draw 2013 = creativity + enjoyment + participation

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!

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27.05.13

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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20.03.13

The conservation and restoration of pastel

On February 28th the Museu Picasso organised a seminar entitled The pastel technique: specificities of its conservation and restoration.

Restoration detail of the Portrait of the Artist’s Mother

Restoration detail of the Portrait of the Artist’s Mother

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