This year the Museu Picasso turns 50. It is marking this milestone by organising three documentary exhibitions on different facets of the museum’s identity: its beginnings, its collection, and the exhibitions that have been held there. The three exhibitions will follow one after another as individual parts of a single narrative.
March 9th through June 9th, 2013 - The Origins
The Museu Picasso in Barcelona is probably the most obvious sign of the artist’s close ties to the city.
Set up at Picasso’s request, the museum is the result of the hard work and determination of several different people and organisations: his personal secretary and lifelong friend, Jaume Sabartés, his wife Jacqueline Picasso, many relevant members of Barcelona’s society that so admired Picasso, and the Barcelona City Council, which during Franco’s dictatorship succeeded in making the artist’s dream come true: a dedicated museum in the city he loved.
July 4 through October 10th, 2013 - The Collection
The Collection at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona has gradually taken shape over the years mainly as a result of the major donations by Picasso and Jaume Sabartés, but also thanks to generous acts by private collectors and the artist’s heirs, as well as valuable acquisitions by the Barcelona City Council.
The Collection is built on two main pillars: works from Picasso’s youth and formative years, and the Las Meninas series from 1957. As a result, the Museu Picasso is the only place where the artist’s work from his formative years can be studied at a single centre, and it is the only place to have a series of works from the 1950s and 1960s showing Picasso’s interpretations of works by other artists.
November 14th through February 16th, 2014 - The Exhibitions
This exhibition explores Picasso’s work on display at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona and also pays tribute to this artist, his teachers and several of his contemporaries whose work is also on show at the museum. It also takes a look at the history of this institution, the city of Barcelona and its society.
The exhibition aims to stress the Museu Picasso’s key role in enabling the public to see major works by Picasso and his milieu. It also takes an engaging, educational approach to show how the selected pieces reflect pertinent cultural and social changes.
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