We’re renovating the galleries of the permanent Collection this spring

Spring is the time for changes and during the Mondays of this month of May we will be making changes to the galleries of the Collection. The reasons for these periodical changes are in some cases for preventive conservation issues and also for reformulations of the expositive discourse of the galleries, either to show works that are not habitually seen or for temporary loans to exhibitions of the museum or of other museums.

The most significant new items that you will see in the galleries are the following:

Gallery 1: in this gallery, dedicated to the first period of Picasso, small changes will be carried out both on the walls as well as in the display cases that won’t affect the global discourse of the space.

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Pablo Picasso. Mountains of Malaga. Màlaga, June-July 1896. Oil on canvas. 60.5 x 82 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.008

Gallery 2: in this space devoted to the formative period of the artist, Mountains of Málaga, the painting done in Malaga that we have just restored, will be hung, and the preparatory sketch of this same work will be removed to restore it.

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Pablo Picasso. Various sketches. Madrid, 1897-1898. Pen and sepia ink on paper. 26.2 x 20.3 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.652 | Pablo Picasso. Hands of the artist sketching the portrait of Francisco Bernareggi, seated opposite him. Madrid, 17th March 1898. Pen and sepia ink on paper. 17.5 x 10.5 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 111.340

Gallery 3: the main changes in this gallery are in the display cases, in which a series of sketches about the works of Velázquez will be incorporated. These sketches were made during Picasso’s visits to the Prado, and are shown in the display cases along with some others taken in his later trip to Horta de Sant Joan.

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Pablo Picasso. Josep Cardona i Furró. Barcelona, 1899. Oil on canvas. 47.5 x 35.2 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.026 | Pablo Picasso. The divan. Barcelona, c. 1899. Charcoal, pastel and coloured pencils on paper, subsequently varnished. 25.2 x 29 cm. Given by the Barcelona City Council, 1963. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 4.267

Gallery 4: this is the gallery dedicated to the avant-garde of Barcelona. In it we will be showing the works Portrait of an unknown manand The divan back. We will also be making a series of changes to the drawings actually on display for reasons of preventive conservation of the works on paper.

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Pablo Picasso. Miquel Utrillo. Barcelona, 1899-1900. Pen and sepia ink and wash on paper. 9.2 x 7.8 cm. Gift by Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.260 | Pablo Picasso. Santiago Rusiñol. Barcelona, 1899-1900. Pen and ink and watercolour on paper. 10.3 x 9.2 cm. Gift by Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.433 | Pablo Picasso. Pere Romeu. Barcelona, 1900. Pen and sepia ink, wash and watercolour on paper. 17.9 x 12.9 cm. Given by the Barcelona City Council, 1963. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 50.488

Gallery 5 has been remodeled with the incorporation of all the portraits of the characters from the generation of the Quatre Gats, both of friends as well as other personages of the period. Examples of these include the portrait of Miquel Utrillo, the portrait of Santiago Rusinyol, the portraits of Joaquim Mir and of Pere Romeu, amongt others.

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Pablo Picasso. Woman in the street. Paris, 1901. Pen and Indian ink, and watercolour on paper. 17.8 x 9.5 cm. Given by the Barcelona City Council, 1963. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 4.773 | Pablo Picasso. Woman in green. Paris, 1901. Pen and Indian ink, and watercolour on paper. 17.5 x 11. 5 cm. Given by the Barcelona City Council, 1963. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 4.775 | Pablo Picasso. The Painter Casagemas and Picasso following two girls. Paris, 1900. Pen and sepia ink, watercolour and gouache on paper pasted onto cardboard. 38 x 43 cm. Acquisition, 1995. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 113.003c

Gallery 6: in this gallery, sharing the space with the oil painting Fairground stall, we have made a series of changes to the drawings made in his early trips to Paris, in this instance selecting mainly drawings of women as well as of his friend from youth Carles Casagemas.

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Pablo Picasso. Female nude. Barcelona, 1903. Oli sobre tela. 62,2 x 34 cm. Donació Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Fotografia: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.021 | Pablo Picasso. Cap de vell amb barba. París, gener del 1903. Tinta a ploma sobre paper. 32,5 x 25 cm. Donació Pablo Picasso, 1970. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Fotografia: Estudi Gasull. MPB 110.544R | Pablo Picasso. Picasso i Sebastià Junyer i Vidal surten de viatge. París, 1904. Tinta a ploma i llapis de colors sobre paper. 22 x 16 cm. Donació Sebastià Junyer i Vidal, 1966. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Fotografia: Estudi Gasull. MPB 70.803

Gallery 8: the works that have been incorporated are Female nude, a series of drawings of bearded gentlemen, some erotic works and the pictures with captions of intimate friends of Picasso.

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Pablo Picasso. The surprised bathers. Paris, 22nd May, 1933. Etching and drypoint on copper, printed on small Montval laid paper (II state). 19.2 x 27 cm (plate);  33.6 x 44.5 cm (paper). Acquisition, 1985. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 112.757 | Pablo Picasso. The rescue of the drowned woman. I. Paris, 17th December, 1932. Etching on copper plate, printed on white fine laid paper (artist’s proof I/XVI). 15.8 x 19.3 cm (plate);  25 x 32.7 cm (paper). Gift of Galerie Louise Leiris, 1983. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 112.647

Gallery 11: in this gallery, specialised in prints, you can see a selection of pieces with a common denominator: the motif of bathers, a motif that was treated repeatedly and from various aspects within the work of Picasso.

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Pablo Picasso. Jaume Sabartés as a gentleman in the age of Philip II. Paris, 25th December, 1938. Graphite pencil on printed paper. 28.7 x 20.7 cm. Gift of Jaume Sabartés, 1962. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 70.231 | Pablo Picasso. Jaume Sabartés in a monk’s habit. Paris, 26th December, 1938. Graphite pencil on paper. 35.2 x 27.1 cm. Gift of Jaume Sabartés, 1962. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photo: Estudi Gasull. MPB 70.229

Galleries B1 and B2: some of the portrait drawings of Jaume Sabartés that had been resting are back on this gallery devoted to his friend and personal secretary.

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