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  • Picasso and Romanesque Art

    Picasso and Romanesque Art

    Barcelona's special relationship with Pablo Picasso is highlighted once more in this exhibition at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) that explores a specific area of the artist's work. Looking at the period between 1906 (when Picasso visited the town of Gósol in the Catalan Pyrenees) and 1934 (the year the Spanish artist first saw the MNAC's Romanesque collection), the show delves into three themes found both in Picasso's work and the Romanesque art that is such a key part of Catalan history. The first is the piece 'Virgin from Gósol', which Picasso saw during his visit to the town and is now part of the MNAC collection; the second is the Crucifixion, often found in traditional Romanesque art and Picasso's creations from the 1930s; and the third is skulls. Ultimately, the objective of this show, organised with the Picasso Museum in Paris and including some 40 works, is not so much to seek out influences or a standard relationship but rather to identify 'possible affinities'.

    "I already knew that Picasso had a special relationship with Barcelona but I discovered the influences of medieval art on some of his works at this exhibition at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya."

  • Picasso. Portraits

    Picasso. Portraits

    Arriving from a four-month run at London's National Portrait Gallery, where it was variously described by critics as 'must-see', 'lively and engrossing' and a celebration 'of his general greatness', this exhibition focuses on the Spanish artist's portrait work, one of the foundations of his career throughout his life but that went through constant change and evolution. It includes more than 80 artworks where the protagonists are Picasso's family, friends and lovers (while past explorations of his portraits tended to focus on women, this one features a good number of male as well as female subjects), and covers the numerous stages his creativity went through and the varied approaches he took to portraiture, such as realism, classical style and caricature. The show also explores Picasso's rejection of standard Western ideas of portrait, his reaction to the expanding art of photography, and how he was influenced, both as subject matter and technique, by the Old Masters.

  • 1917. Picasso in Barcelona

    1917. Picasso in Barcelona

    With this exhibition we celebrate the last significant period of time spent in Barcelona by Pablo Picasso. This brief period in Barcelona is highly interesting from Picasso's artistic point of view, as it was a moment of research into new sources and visual resources, where the artist alternated between the more rigorous canons of Cubism and a more classical, realist line of work.

    The Museu Picasso conserves all the oil paintings but one done in this period, left in the family home since he chose not to take them out of Spain, as the artist explained in a letter to Gertrude Stein. The exhibition will feature painting, preparatory drawing for the paintings and independent drawings, seeking to unite the widest possible selection of his production during the months spent in the city. Documentation related to his stay in the city will also be featured, showing his activity as a painter along with his times at ease (going to the bullfights and to the theatre), as well as time spent with friends, acts done in his honour and his participation in events in civil society, amongst others.

    Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Ballet at the Liceu in Barcelona, the Museu Picasso will organize a special event to commemorate the event.

  • The shared studio. Picasso, Fín, Vilató, Xavier

    The shared studio. Picasso, Fín, Vilató, Xavier

    The goal of this exhibition is to show how passion for printmaking was expressed over three generations of a family. Pablo Picasso, J. Fín, Vilató and Xavier are four profoundly different artistic personalities. In this exhibition we discover their veritable passion for working in a technique requiring time and complex technique, made possible through the know-how of the accompanying printer.

    This exhibition features 166 works, including an important representation of the print holdings of the Museu Picasso, as well as an essential collaboration from the Vilató family.

  • Pica-so


    This original staging invites children over 2 to delve into the universe of the brilliant artist Pablo Picasso, through music. Entertainment, musicians and dancers will perform flamenco, music from Modernist Barcelona, cuplé, Russian ballets and French chanson music. There will also be a range of workshops before the show for all the family.

  • Contemporary Route

    Contemporary Route

    Barcelona is known throughout the world for its architecture. This is why the city didn't want to fall behind in the race to have some of the world's finest contemporary buildings. The names of today's great architects and artists are present in almost every city neighbourhood.

  • Picasso Route

    Picasso Route

    When the Malaga-born painter arrived in Barcelona he was only 14. The city offered him the art school, La Llotja, as well as the stunning light of the Mediterranean. Picasso donated a large number of his works to Barcelona which can be seen today at the city’s Museu Picasso.

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  • A zero-cost cultural afternoon

    A zero-cost cultural afternoon

    On Sunday in Barcelona most ticket-office staff seem to have part of the day off, so you won't have to buy tickets for most main museums. The only thing to remember is this rule only applies after 3pm or all day on the first Sunday in the month. That's right! You can enjoy the top museums without paying a penny… surely one of the best deals in town.

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