Welcome to the Museu Picasso de Barcelona, and welcome to the blog!
Our and your museum is the result of Picasso’s desire to leave something of himself to the city of Barcelona, where he served his apprenticeship and spent several extended stays. We are proud to say that the people of Barcelona have a truly exceptional museum, created by the artist’s express wish. The Museu Picasso in Barcelona is undoubtedly the centre of reference for understanding Pablo Picasso’s formative years up to his Blue Period. The collection then makes a chronological leap forward to 1917, when the artist returned to the city, and then again to 1957, with the complete series of Las Meninas.
The museum is, then, a collection that explains Picasso’s relationship with Barcelona and belongs to all of its citizens and to all of the world. And this collection only has real meaning if we all value it and make it our own, and make our vision about it known.
The Museu Picasso is now entering Space 2.0, and to mark this step forward we are presenting this blog, which is launched with the aim of establishing an ongoing dialogue about the museum and the work of Pablo Picasso. The blog aims in the first instance to create a space for participation in the museum, enabling visitors, both physical and virtual, to have and to share experiences with added value, and secondly to encourage new readings of Picasso and of art in general, opening up new perspectives, more critical and more multisectoral, so that each generation can arrive at its own interpretations.
Of course, we can only do this with your involvement, by letting you know about our internal activities and our day-to-day life as an institution and about all of the professionals who work here. Here you will be able to read, converse and listen to the voices of the curators, exhibition organizers, restorers, educators and communicators, and of the administrative, library and front-of-house staff, and also of the director. In short, we want you to know the museum ‘behind the scene’ and to help us remodel it and make it a world-class centre of knowledge and research and to feel that it is more and more your own.
We need your participation to become, together, leaders and creators of a quality 2.0 scenario on the museum and Pablo Picasso and on Barcelona in the world, engendering debates and spaces for reflection on his work and his life and the people with whom he shared them, and on art in general (on other museums and collections, on artistic creation, on the ICTs and art, and a long list of others that we hope you will help us build up). We also invite you to participate through other digital tools we use (Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Delicious), which you can access directly from this blog or from our Homepage.
So we not only invite you to come visit the museum, we are also asking you to become part of this virtual space.
Thank you very much for making it possible.
Director of Museu Picasso de Barcelona
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