Museu Picasso, or Barcelona's Picasso Museum, was the brainchild of Picasso's friend and secretary Jaume Sabartés. The museum houses a great collection of Picasso’s artworks.
The first museum, 'Sabartés Collection,' was opened in 1960. Later, Museu Picasso was opened in 1983. It held the artwork from Sabartés' personal collection.
Five adjoining medieval stone mansions house the collection at present in the La Ribera neighborhood. It is a permanent exhibition for as many as 4,251 works. These are mostly Picasso's formative works, so visitors may not see his better-known works here.
In the museum, 14th century Palau Finestres and 18th century Casa Mauri house the temporary. On the other hand, the 14th-century structures of Palau Aguilar, Palau del Baro de Castellet, and Palau Meca preserve the permanent collections. Catalan Gothic architecture and inner courtyard make these palaces an eye-catching sight.
The museum exhibits around 4,251 of his works during the artist’s formative years up to his Blue period in a permanent collection. The street of the museum got elevated to the status of an art-historical heritage in 1947. It is a must-visit for tourists who wants to gain insight into ace artist Picasso and his early works.
Museu Picasso covers three sections and begins with Picasso's oils and sketches from his years in Málaga and A Coruna. The same depicts his mastery throughout the years in ceramics and engravings.
Room 8 showcases paintings from Picasso’s Blue Period. El foll (The Madman), Terrats de Barcelona (Roofs of Barcelona), The Portrait of Jaume Sabartés, and Woman with Bonnet are some of those paintings.
In rooms 5 to 7, you will see Picasso's artworks that he contributed to in Paris. You will get quite a few cubist paintings in rooms 10 and 11.
In a series of 58 paintings, Picasso displays his take on Diego Velázquez' masterpiece Las men inas in rooms 12 to 14. Of 58 paintings, 45 are cubist interpretations of the work, nine concerns with the scenes of doves, three landscapes, and a portrait of Jacqueline The Les Ménines, Les Demoiselles d' honneur.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
These fantastic things will go a long way in enhancing your knowledge about Picasso.
Visit the basement
Here, fascinating Phoenician and Roman ruins will recount you about Romans' history in the archeological area. This is a fun opportunity to explore more about the Romans.
See temporary exhibitions
Temporary exhibitions will narrate you about the Spanish Civil war and how propaganda and cartoons were used. You may meet Picasso's friend photojournalist David Douglas Duncan and glance through Picasso's numerous photos with his family.
Refreshments at the cafes
Pop into any one of the few cafes at the museum and enjoy a hot coffee or tea.
Try to remember at least 3 quotes
Try to take away a few of Picasso’s quotes from all over the museum. Try to identify with them or memorize, and carry them as a keepsake.
Continue learning about Picasso
To learn more about the great artist Picasso, you can take the Picasso's Barcelona tour and accompany friendly guides.