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Inhabitants of the Museum: Yvette Guilbert

On occasion of the presentation, this September, of a selection of works from the Musée d’Orsay within the context of our permanent collection, which we have given the title of “Picasso discovers Paris”, we want to enlarge our gallery of inhabitants of the museum with a biographical profile of the singer, actress and composer Yvette Guilbert. Star of the chanson from the end of the 19th century, Guilbert is most likely the protagonist of two of the paintings that Picasso did on his first trips to the French capital: «The End of the Number» and «The Fortuneteller».

“Picasso discovers Paris”, a trip to Bohemia at the beginning of the 20th century

On 21st September we will officially open to the public “Picasso discovers Paris” in the Museu Picasso of Barcelona. This is an exhibition that aims to transmit the impact that the French capital caused on the artist the first two times he traveled there, and which has been possible thanks to an exchange of works with the Museé d’Orsay and the Museé National Picasso-París. (more…)

The birth of a young promise in the Quatre Gats

The alehouse-tavern-hostel called the Quatre Gats opened its doors in 1897, during a period of full artistic effervescence. Barcelona was living a "golden age" of lights and shade with the demographic growth caused by the rural migration to the urban areas, industrial development and the tensions between the social classes. (more…)

The papers of Sabartés and Picasso’s letters

The Jaume Sabartés archive is kept here at the Picasso Museum. It arrived in two different instalments, the first, when Sabartés died in 1968, and bequeathed part of his archive to the museum in his will. Picasso himself sent the documents to the museum and they were received by Josep Selva on the 16th of February in 1968. The next part was purchased from the Miquel Alzueta gallery on the 29th of September in 2008. The archive brings together part of the documentation that Jaume Sabartés – writer, personal secretary and great friend and confidante of Picasso- had amassed between ...

The live restoration of “Science and Charity”

If you visit the museum these days you will be able to enjoy something not very habitual: the live restoration of what is considered to be the leading work from the formation of the artist, Science and Charity, a piece of large dimension, created in 1897, and that this year is celebrating its 120th anniversary. Picasso painted Science and Charity in Barcelona, in the highest flat of the street Plata, 4, a studio rented by his father, and that today has been turned into a hotel. The work was presented in the exhibition of 1897 in Madrid, where it was awarded ...