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This autumn we are renewing the galleries of the collection

Last week we started the changes to the permanent collection of the museum to renew the galleries for this autumn. Throughout the year we have been systematically changing a certain number of drawings and paintings, turning, in this way, the collection into a living organism which is renewed and modified non-stop.

The reasons for these changes that we do on a periodical basis is due in some cases to reasons of preventive conservation, as would be the case of the works on paper and the works being restored, and also for reformulations of the expositive discourse of the galleries, either to exhibit works which are not habitually seen or for loans to temporary exhibitions of the museum and also to exhibitions of other museums.

This periodical movement of the pieces provides us with the opportunity to show the public the major wealth of works that we conserve and that we are unable to exhibit completely. As follows we explain the most important novelties gallery by gallery:


Pablo Picasso. Country house and shed. A Coruña, 1894. Graphite pencil on paper. 12.6 x 19 cm. Gif of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 111.407R | Pablo Picasso. Tarfe the Moor and a slave. A Coruña, 1894. LGraphite pencil on paper. 19 x 12.6 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 111.422

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Inhabitants of the museum: Àngel Fernández de Soto, the dandy friend of Picasso

Àngel Fernández de Soto Llassat was born in Barcelona in 1882, his father being from Madrid and his mother from Tortosa who had settled in the city of Barcelona.  Along with his brother Mateu, they would frequent the tavern the Quatre Gats, where they met up with Picasso.

MPB_070.808Casagemas i Picasso carrer Mercè

Pablo Picasso. Picasso, Àngel Fernández de Soto and Sebastià Junyer i Vidal in a café. Barcelona, c. 1903. Pen and sepia ink on paper. 13.2 x 9 cm. Gift of Sebastià Junyer i Vidal, 1966. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 70.808 | Picasso, Ángel Fernández de Soto and Carles Casagemas on the Picasso family terrace, in the street of la Mercè circa. 1900. Source: Eduard Vallès Archive, Barcelona

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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.

MPB 110.008

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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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.


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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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