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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 ...

Drawings of Picasso. Portraits of the Quatre Gats

The tavern-bar, the Quatre Gats was founded in June 1897, on the ground floor of the Casa Martí, work of the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch; the promoters were Miquel Utrillo, with the support of Ramón Casas and Santiago Rusiñol and the financial collaboration of Manuel Girona. Placed at the front of the establishment was Pere Romeu. Food and drinks were served in the Quatre Gats, like any other tavern, but concerts were also organised, as well as sessions of Chinese shadows and puppets, literary evenings, and exhibitions, and it mainly became a gathering place for artists and intellectuals of ...

Family workshop of “Exquisite portrait”

As part of the temporary exhibition “Picasso/Dalí. Dalí/Picasso” we have programmed a series of workshops for families entitled “Exquisite portrait”. Here you have a small taste of how the session went this last Saturday: Before visiting the exhibition, we talked in the classrooms about what we were going to do. (more…)

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 ...

Inhabitants of the museum: Jaume Sabartés, the secretary, friend and confidante of Picasso

Jaume Sabartés i Gual was born in Barcelona on June 10th 1881 in the street of Sant Pere més Baix, nº 84. He was the son of Francisco Sabartés Obach, a primary school teacher, from Oliana, and Marial Gual Oromí, from Barcelona. Sabartés is known for having been the personal secretary and confidante of Picasso and also his main biographer. Portrait of Sabartés s/d. Fons Jaume Sabartés. Museu Picasso, Barcelona | Pablo Picasso.  Portrait of Jaume Sabartés with ruff and cap . 22/10/1939. Oil on canvas . 46 x 38 cm. Gift of Jaume Sabartés 1952. MPB 70.241. Museu Picasso, Barcelona / Gasull (more…)