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  • Picasso-Picabia


    Two artists. Both with Spanish roots, both working at the avant-garde, constantly experimenting with new forms of expression, both at the heart of Parisian artistic movements. While Picasso is arguably more well-known today than Francis Picabia, each made considerable contributions to 20th-century art.

    This exhibition, in the beautiful modernista building that houses the Fundación Mapfre, takes visitors on a journey, starting with the emergence of Cubism around 1910, then moving on to Dadaism (of which Picabia was a major protagonist) and the years in the mid-1920s when both Picasso and Picabia were invested in what the curators are calling 'monstrous classicism'.

    The show ends with an examination of the paths each man took towards the end of their lives; Picasso concentrated on studies of the human body, while Picabia (who died in 1953, 20 years before his peer) took a reductive approach, creating understated monochromes. Compare and contrast these two men who challenged convention by 'killing the painting' as a way to rejuvenate it.

  • Picasso Discovers Paris

    Picasso Discovers Paris

    Barcelona's Picasso Museum is one of its most-loved art centres, focusing as it does on the early years of the Spanish painter's life; he moved with his family to Barcelona in 1895 when he was 14 and already well established in his art studies. The city played a key role in his development; in places such as Els Quatre Gats café, he regularly met with other creatives involved in the avant-garde movement. But he was a man constantly looking for new experiences and inspirations, and this exhibition at the Museu Picasso looks at the impact that his first two visits to Paris had on him.

    Among the artists on show are Manet, Degas, Cézanne and Gaugin (on loan from the permanent collection of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the Musée national Picasso Paris), whose work Picasso first encountered in person when he was in the French capital.

  • 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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