With this post, we begin a brief tour in various stages that will enable us to find out more about the Picasso Museum, the Joan Miró Foundation and the Tàpies Foundation, three must-see attractions for art lovers.
Barcelona’s history has always been associated with the world of art and culture. We can safely say that its influence is key to understanding the development of the artistic avant-garde of the twentieth century and, especially, the work of Pablo Picasso, who always had a close relationship with the city.
After arriving with his family in 1895, Pablo Picasso studied at La Llotja School of Fine Arts and frequented, among other studios and places, the Els Quatre Gats alehouse, a meeting place for the avant-garde art world, where he participated in social gatherings and forged friendships with artists and intellectuals of the time.
Located in Calle Montcada, the nucleus of Barcelona’s medieval civil architecture, the Picasso Museum was opened to the public in 1963 at the express wish of the artist and his friend, the writer and sculptor Jaume Sabartés, who donated his collection to Barcelona City Council for this purpose.
The art museum’s permanent collection comprises more than 3,800 works, including all of Picasso’s early work, as well as the complete Las Meninas series. Among the most outstanding works are “Ciencia y Caridad” (1897), “Arlequín” (1917) and “Retrato de Jaume Sabartés con gorguera y sombrero” (1939).
The museum is currently housed in five large mansions or palaces in the Catalan civil gothic style; they were built between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and have been remodelled several occasions times over the centuries. A fitting place for the art treasures it houses.
Picasso Museum Barcelona
– Open Tuesday – Sunday (including bank holidays) 10:00am – 8:00pm.
– Closed on 1st January, 1st May, 24th June and 25th & 26th December