Picasso Museum

  • Culture
  • Architecture

The museum explores Picasso’s close connection with the city of Barcelona, a tight and lasting bond that was forged in his adolescence and nurtured until his death

Basic Info
carrer Montcada, 15 - 23
L4 (Yellow): Jaume IL1 (Red): Arc de Triomf
Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am to 7pm
Handicap-accessible facilities

The Picasso Museum of Barcelona is the authoritative point of reference for the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. It opened to the public in 1963, and today is home to 4,251 works created during the artist’s time in Barcelona and the site of many educational programs and temporary exhibits. The Museum is located in what were once five grand palaces dating from the 13th–14th centuries, and perfectly representing Catalonian Gothic architectural style, with its communal structure framed around a central patio, and access to the main floor by way of an exposed, exterior staircase.

The Museum has been renovated and remodeled numerous times, aspires to be a place for open dialogue, by organizing innovative lecture series, offering new perspectives on the early days of this world-renowned artist, and shining a new light on the collection in general.

Thanks to the eponymous artist’s own will, and that of his friend Jaume Sabartés, Barcelona is now home to the works of Picasso’s youth, grouped by medium, divided into paintings, drawings, engravings, and ceramics. The most noteworthy pieces in the collection are First Communion (1896), Science and Charity (1897), and the magnificent paintings from 1957, expressing the artist’s interpretation of Las Meninas, inspired by the infamous Velázquez masterpiece.

A museum with a present and a future very different from what it was expected in 1963, when it opened under the name Collection Sabartés and with the prohibition to mention the painter in the entry sign, due to Picasso's affiliation to the Communist Party and his strong opposition to Franco’s regime.

  • Para conocer al artista y su obra desde su comienzos

    Fuimos un jueves, la entrada es gratuita, pero ojo! Antes de ir hay que entrar a la web y reservar tu lugar, de esta forma el museo se asegura que no se llene de gente y en denifitiva el que va tenga una mala experiencia. Asi es como semanas antes reservamos nuestro lugar y ese jueves fuimos. La experienca fue genial! Justamente, había gente, pero se podía recorrer con tranquilidad, pararse en los cuadros que uno deseaba, etc. El museo ofrece una muestra detallada desde los primeros cuadros de Picasso hasta ejemplares de sus grandes períodos, año año, con una audio guía de las mejores (por completa, didáctica y detallada) que adquirí en mi vuelta de un mes por Europa. Es un museo con el que salís comprendiendo mucho del estilo del artista de su vida y sus motivaciones. Si sólo te interesa ver sus cuadros famosos este no es lugar. Si en cambio querés conocer de verdad al artista y su obra, lo super recomiendo. Como dato anexo está en un barrio de Barcelona, el Born, que es bello para conocer.

  • Fabuloso

    Es uno de mis museos favoritos, ya lo conocía, pero era la primera vez que lo hacía con mi esposa. Ver a un genio como Picasso y su transformación al cubismo es fantástico. Observar las meninas de Velasquez en la forma como la veía Picasso es único. Para visitarlo siempre

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