The Museum is temporarily closed to the public these days as a measure for the prevention and control of COVID-19, but its activity hasn’t stopped because we are convinced that art is more necessary than ever in these difficult times. As usual the museum website and our blog are active, but we have also scheduled a series of activities that you can find online, both through the page www.museupicasso.bcn.cat as well as various profiles of the social media of Facebook (Museu Picasso Barcelona), Twitter (@museupicasso), Instagram (@museupicasso) and Youtube (Museu Picasso, Barcelona). The Museum and its collection, therefore, enters your home more than ever through the screens of your devices. It is a way of approaching the museum’s collection and the figure and the work of Picasso with interactive pedagogical and enjoyable proposals for all types of audiences. All of these virtual activities are labelled with hashtags #MuseuPicassoVirtual and #JoEmQuedoACasa (“I’m staying at home”).
From the museum’s Department of Education and Digital Content Service, a complete programme of online contents has been prepared for the duration of the confinement, and most of the proposals are already up and running. One of the lines of the virtual museum is to approach the works of the Museum’s collection daily through posts on the profiles of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which in summarised way you can discover the stories behind each of the pieces.
In addition, on Saturdays the Museum is recovering audiovisual archives of shows, concerts, performances, family workshops and plays that have taken place in the Museum in recent years and which you can find on the Youtube platform. They are pieces to entertain, with a more playful and leisure aim.
A third line of the programme of the Virtual Picasso Museum is a section of Virtual Seminars that are posted on the Twitter profile on Thursdays at 10 am and that compile interesting material of all kinds from congresses and symposia organized by the Museum around specific topics, treated in depth and that let you have a good time studying an aspect of Picasso’s work.
Even if the confinement is lifted before the end of April, four seminars have already been planned for every Thursday of the month: The Blue Period (2nd April); Picasso and Barcelona (8th April); Las Meninas (16th April); and Cubism and other Picassian artistic languages (23rd April). So far, two of these seminars have been offered: Picasso and identity and Picasso and Sabartés.
The Virtual seminars, which are posted on Thursdays, allow you to delve into specific aspects of Picasso’s works.
The Museum has also joined the contest #MuseumQuizACasa, a fun initiative created for these days of confinement in which 15 Catalan museums participate through the address www.museumquizacasa.org. The initiative includes a version especially aimed at families, which takes place from Monday to Friday with a daily contest dedicated to one of the participating museums. On Saturdays it is aimed at the general public with questions from all museums in a single contest, and this is where you will find questions related to the Picasso Museum.
In an extraordinary situation as the one we are living, the Museum is closer to you than ever before, but we have always been clear that networks are a very useful medium for publicizing the work of Picasso and our collection. Indeed, according to Epsilon Technologies, the Museum is in sixth place in the ranking of the first 38 brands in the museum sector in social networks in Spain, which is headed by the Museu del Prado.