The users have the word: 8 months of the blog at Picasso 2.0

We’ll be giving details and figures in another article soon. In the meantime, today we’re giving the word to you, the users of the blog. We want to thank all of you that have dedicated a few minutes of your time to letting us know your opinion. You’ll find here some of the comments we’ve received in the blog.

Our visitors, online and in person, come from all over the world and comment on any aspect that we’ve highlighted over the last few months through the social networks. This internationality has been well reflected in the participation of the contest Become a fauvist!, just as Cristina says: “(…) What is really curious is seeing where these photos come from, and to check out the international spread of the Museum and its initiatives. Well done.

Some congratulate us with just a few words “Fantastic!!!” (Olga) commenting on the new presentation of Las Meninas while others are a bit more expressive “The Picasso museum’s doing a great job, it doesn’t matter if you come back every new season. And las Meninas is the star attraction; pity about the colour of the wall, that doesn’t help such a fantastic legacy to stand out. Congratulations.” (José).

But there are also more critical comments, like the one by Miquel “I’d like to go many times to the Picasso Museum, but every time I walk past I shudder to think of the queue I’d have to do… maybe hours long. Wouldn’t it be possible to do something to make easier to enter for the people who love art in our city and that aren’t tourists????” Measures have been taken to improve the management of publics, even so you can still find queues on the open-doors days or in concentrated periods of holidays, but now most days there aren’t queues.

Some people have written things that make you think more than others, as for example the article about accessibility of the museums that Quim comments “We’ve got a lot of work to do, and the work goes beyond the adaptation of our museography, first and foremost we need to incorporate the ‘universality’ of our proposals and actions to our more profound approaches (…).

The topic which undoubtedly generates more opinion and comments is, the museums on the web 2.0. Verònica comments: “I’ve come from the website of the museum. I clicked on it just thinking it would be a blog with info, but it surprised to find that this text and the previous ones had so much substance and talked as much about things behind the doors, as about reflections about topics of general interest. I’ll be back, for sure (…)” or Jonathan who shares the following opinion “(…) I’d like museums acted everywhere more as participatory platforms than merely information providers. As far as I can see, the Picasso Museum is well on its way! Thank you”. Beatrice from Italy expresses in her way “Bello….un’ idea, un progetto di museo diverso, non solo contenitore ma propulsore di idee…devo conoscere il direttore!

Then there is an article about blogs of museums, a topic Ivan disagrees and shares this with the community “I don’t think it’s so bad that a museum doesn’t have a blog, the world of social networks is great, but there’s a limit to everything, and you can get saturated. A blog runs the risk of getting to the point where you say things just for the sake of saying, and it becomes a case of either you say something or die. There are more attractive things in the world of social networks than blogs.” Respecting the opinion of others makes us reflect and make even more progress in our task of getting the museum closer to the visitors. It’s for this reason that we try to generate debates, for example, posing the question of whether the physical and virtual are two opposed worlds or if they could in fact be complementary. Ernest is of the opinion that “Online and onsite are today worlds which are not parallel but complementary; nearly all of us throughout every day end up mixing both types of actions, the online world has become a daily reality. The museums, with their virtual extension can greatly enrich and broaden experience and knowledge. (…)”.

Apart from encouraging a reflection about key topics concerning the museums nowadays, one of our aims is to show the behind-the-scenes of the museum, such as the processes needed to put on an exhibition. These types of articles have a whole bunch of positive comments, as for example: “What a good idea to explain the process, I haven’t come across this on any website. It seems very interesting to me, and says a lot about the desire that you mention in your blog to explain how your museum works. And showing discarded images is magnificent! By the way I would have chosen the more fauve of all of them, the self portrait” (Xavier about the communication campaign of the exhibition Kees van Dongen), or even “Nice way of bringing the exhibition near to the public. Lovethe pictures & video. Hope to be able to come to Barcelona to see the exhibits.” (Fiona about the “secrets” behind the exhibition Picasso and the erotic Japanese stamp).

Our visitors also share personal feelings, as for example Alejandra after visiting the exhibition about Picasso and the erotic Japanese stamp “I wasn’t at all convinced when I went to the exhibition, but I left thrilled: it is a display of art, ingenuity and daring in Picasso and in the Japanese artists, but also art, ingenuity and daring in the assemblage of the exhibition. Thanks for a great experience in the museum.” Or from a visitor to the Kees van Dongen exhibition “Wow!! Awesome! You breathe the ambience of life in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century; van Dongen, Toulouse, Picasso, Gauguin, Gris, Modigliani…” (Laura).

And to finish, Oscar sums it up: “Extraordinary. Your online work is really nice, it invites you to connect again, it contributes beauty and knowledge, it gives peace to the spirit. Your blog is fantastic for its contents, and the links are very gratifying as they spice up the texts. Thanks a million!!!

So, what else do we need to achieve with the blog? More comments! We know it’s not easy because it requires an effort, and we’re all short of time or maybe the museum world is a little backward looking. But we sincerely believe that all the comments give an added value: opinions, feelings, criticisms, congratulations… The important thing is to connec (with the museum, the museum with the visitors, the users between them) and to participate in the community. A big thanks to all of you, and we’ll go on encouraging you to send your comments. We can only improve if we know what the readers and visitors feel and think.

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