During the month of May we will be making changes in the galleries of the Collection. The reasons for these changes that we do periodically are due in some cases to preventive conservation and also for reformulations of the expositive discourse of the galleries, either to exhibit works that are not normally seen or because of the temporary loans to exhibitions of the museum and also to exhibitions of other centres. This season, we highlight all the moves of works usually in the permanent collection, that will be shown in the upcoming temporary exhibition of the museum, “Landscapes of Barcelona”.
The most significant new items that you will soon be able to see in the galleries will be the following:
Pablo Picasso. Autorretrato. Barcelona, ??1896. Óleo sobre tela. 32,9 x 24 cm (irregular). Donación Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.076
Gallery 1: In this gallery, dedicated to the work from the first period and the stays he made in La Corunya and in Malaga, you will be able to see again the work Self-portrait, which had been included in the exhibition “50 years of the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. The exhibitions”, along with other self-portraits by the artist.
Pablo Picasso. Barceloneta beach. Barcelona, 1896. Oli on canvas. 24,4 x 34 cm (irregular). Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.073
Gallery 2: The oil painting Barceloneta Beach will be displayed in the temporary exhibition of the museum “Landscapes of Barcelona”. Also in the display cases a whole series of boards with images of women will be shown. The works in this gallery belong to his formative period in Barcelona.
Pablo Picasso. Nude seen from behind. Partial copy of Study, by Arcadi Mas i Fontdevila. Barcelona, 1895. Oil on wood. 2,3 x 13,7 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.212 |Palbo Picasso. Seated woman in a hat, seen from behind. Barcelona, 1895-1896. Oil on wood. 15,2 x 8 cm (irregular). Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.189
Gallery 3: The work Copy of a portrait of Philip IV, painted by Velázquez around 1653, has been moved from the Gallery 4 and can be seen alongside works and sketches from his stays in Madrid and in Horta de Sant Joan.
Pablo Picasso. Còpia d’un retrat de Felip IV, pintat per Velázquez cap al 1653. Madrid, 1897-1898. Oli sobre tela. 54,2 x 46,7 cm. Donació Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.017
Gallery 4: This is gallery of the avant-garde at the turn of the century in Barcelona and in may the Portrait of Casagemas will be displayed again. The painting The street of Riera de Sant Joan from the artist’s studio window moves to the exhibition “Landscapes of Barcelona” and the works in the style of el Greco that until now can have been seen on the front wall of the gallery, will leave and go to the exhibition of the Museo Nacional del Prado “El Greco y la pintura moderna”.
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Carles Casagemas. Barcelona, 1899-1900. Oil on canvas. 55 x 45 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.022 | Pablo Picasso. The street of Riera de Sant Joan from the artist’s studio window. Barcelona, 1900. Oil on wood. 22,3 x 13,8 cm. MPB 110.213
Gallery 5: This gallery, dedicated mostly to Paris, will display again the work The embrace and the rest of the gallery will be totally reorganised with drawings and sketches.
Pablo Picasso. L’abraçada. París, 1900. Pastel sobre paper. 59 x 35 cm. Aportació de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona, 1963. MPB 4.263
Gallery 8: In these spaces, dedicated to the blue period of Picasso, the two works of Barcelona Rooftops will also move to the exhibition “Landscapes of Barcelona.” The portraits of the two “Sebastians”, Sebastià Junyer Vidal and Sebastià Junyent i Sans will confront each other. In the adjoining spaces on the right of the gallery the pastel painting The disinherited ones will be exhibited, alonside other works where the feminine figure is the protagonist. And on the left there will be several sketches of nudes.
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Sebastià Junyer i Vidal. Barcelona, 1903. Oil on paper. 57,4 x 47,3 cm. Given by the Barcelona City Council, 1963. MPB 4.262 | Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Sebastià Junyent i Sans. Barcelona, c. 1903. Oil on canvas. 73,5 x 60,5 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.018
Gallery 11: In this gallery, dedicated to the Barcelona of 1917, the Passeig de Colom will move to also form part of the next temporary exhibition.
Pablo Picasso. Passeig de Colom. Barcelona, 1917. Oil on canvas. 40 x 32 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. MPB 110.028
Sales 13-15: In the galleries dedicated to the series of Las Meninas you will once again be able to see the work of the Infanta Margarida Maria that until now had been in the exhibition “50 years of the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. The exhibitions“. This series also includes the works of The Pigeons, one of which has recently travelled to Mexico to be included in the exhibition of the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes “Picasso revelado por David Douglas Duncan“. In its place you will be able to see another of the works from the series.
Pablo Picasso. Las Meninas (infanta Margarida Maria). Canes, 14 de setembre del 1957. Oli sobre tela. 100 x 81 cm. Donació Pablo Picasso, 1968. MPB 70.459 | Pablo Picasso. Els colomins. Canes, 12 de setembre del 1957. Oli sobre tela. 100 x 80 cm. Donació Pablo Picasso, 1968. MPB 70.457
Gallery B3: Finally in this space dedicated to the close friend and personal secretary of Picasso, Jaume Sabartés, various humoristic compositions will be incorporated with pin-ups that the artist dedicated to his friend, along with a series of prints of faunus with matching ceramics.
Pablo Picasso. Humorous composition. Portrait of Jaume Sabartés and the artist Esther Williams. Cannes, 23th May, 1957. Coloured grease pencils on magazine printed paper . 35,6 x 26,5 cm. Gift of Jaume Sabartés. MPB 70.675 | Pablo Picasso. Humorous composition. Portrait of Jaume Sabartés as a monkey with a pin-up. Cannes, 8th October, 1957. Graphite pencil and blue grease pencil on cut magazine printed paper. 43,6 x 30,6 cm. Gift of Jaume Sabartés. MPB 70.679