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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 ...

Restoring the testimony of a relation

The restoration of a photographic negative on a glass plate, carried out by the Department of Restoration and Preventive Conservation of the museum, has widely contributed to the documentation around the life and work of Picasso, by recuperating the integrity of an interesting testimonial of the relation of the artist with Joan Vidal i Ventosa. The negative, held by the Centre of Knowledge and Research of the museum, was broken and provided certain dilemmas with regard to the choice of treatments and materials for intervening on the piece and for guaranteeing its material and intellectual preservation. In the moment that a restoration ...

MOLAB I – Following the Trail of Picasso: Reasoned Study of Six Portraits of Youth

I – Early stages of Picasso through material characterization of different portraits On November 27th we presented in the Lecture hall of the University of Barcelona a research project about the study of the technique of the young Picasso. The project, called Early stages of Picasso through material characterization of different portraits, has been the result of a trilateral agreement between the Museu Picasso and the University of Barcelona with the European project CHARISMA-MOLAB. Thanks to the scientific and technical support provided by the mobile laboratory MOLAB and the team from the department of chemical analysis of the University of Barcelona, we ...

Restoration of three landscapes produced by Picasso in Malaga in the summer of 1896

We recently undertook the restoration of three landscapes from the collection painted by the young Picasso in the summer of 1896.  As we will explain further on, we consider that the series should be conceived as a unit and for this reason the three works were intervened within the framework of the same project. Process of restoration (more…)

Evaluation by the internship students of the museum

During this course we initiated a programme of internships which responded, on the one hand, to the commitment of the museum towards collaborating in an active way in the training of future professionals, and on the other, aimed at promoting learning through experience in the professional fields that are carried out in the museum. The experience has been very fruitful for the staff of the museum and we believe that has also been so for our internship students! As follows we include some of their feedback they provided us with: (more…)