With Bernardo Laniado-Romero at the front, a new period starts for the museum, with a lot of enthusiasm both from the new director and from the team of the museum. In his presentation of the new 2012-2013 season, he outlined the following lines of action:
- To consider the collection as the central axis of the work of the museum.
- To conceive the tasks and functions of the museum with an eminently pedagogical character.
- To foster the access of the public to art and culture, in a special way for those collectives that have traditionally been excluded.
- To boost access to knowledge and fluent dialogue between works of art and the public.
- To foster local-global access: on the one hand, in terms of its surrounding area (neighbourhood – city), and on the other hand, at a global level, through a creative and dynamic website.
- To offer a quality experience both onsite and online.
Self-portrait. Pablo Picasso. 1899-1900. Cardboard on paper 22.5 x 16.5 cm Donation by the artist, 1970 © Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2012
To put these lines of action into practice, on the one hand, the program of exhibitions will be focused on the study of the collection, and also a series of research projects will be developed, among which it is worth highlighting the presentation of the restoration of the Portrait the Artist’s Mother (1896), behind which a second work has recently been found.
On the other hand, we will also start up the project of a web platform as a virtual extension of the museum itself that allows a greater knowledge and reach for everybody of the work and figure of the artist.
Furthermore, and on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Museu Picasso, work is being done on various projects that will be presented in a series of documentary exhibitions, through which an in-depth look will be taken of the relation of the museum with the city through the genesis of the centre, the history of the collection, its growth and expositive panorama over the past 50 years.
Eagle owl. Pablo Picasso. Spanish plate, 10th May 1957. Red clay, decorated with slips and metallic oxides, partially varnished. Maximum diameter: 43.8 cm high 6.3 cm. Donation by Jacqueline Picasso, 1982 © Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2012
The exhibition programme for this season includes the presentation of the ceramic collection of the museum that hasn’t been seen as a whole for a couple of decades, “Picasso’s Ceramic: Jacqueline’s gift to Barcelona” and the exhibition for the summer of 2013 “Me, Picasso. Self-portraits”.
Finally, within the framework of education and knowledge on the one hand lines of work will be set in motion aimed at children and students who will explore the work of Picasso in an open, creative and profound way, and on the other hand, a series of activities aimed at all kinds of publics will also be programmed.