Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous artists of the 20th Century, spent a few years of his youth in Barcelona. Relatively late in April 1963 the city of Barcelona opened the Picasso Museum. The museum is located in the quarter El Born.
The reason for the founding of the museum was a large collection of works that Jaime Sabatés - former secretary and friend of Picasso - devoted to the city. For this purpose, the Palacio de Berenguer d'Aguilar - an old city palace from the 15th Century - turned into a museum.
An eye-catcher are the famous ancient courtyards of the palace. Here you can feel in this time a trip back in the past. In the museum especially the youth works by Picasso can be visited, which from 1895 to 1904 may have caused. The collection also includes works from later periods creation, as the series "Las Meninas", which is influenced by Velázquez. Some works were previously in various museums in the city and were collected for the museum.
The artist himself did not take the city to constitute some of his work. The series of "Meninas" is by Picasso himself. His wife, Jacqueline Picasso, and the museum dedicated in 1982 a 41-piece collection of ceramics, from 1947 to 1965 which were created by the artist.
The surrounding houses were gradually attached in the museum to make place for many exhibits of Picasso's.
Pablo Picasso studied in Barcelona in the prestigious art academy "La Lonja" in which his father was a professor. Thanks to his outstanding achievements, he was able to skip some classes. During this time Picasso met many artists with whom he made contact. Many of the artists who met him, treated him as a great artist. Picasso's success story began thus in Barcelona.
The most famous painting of Picasso "La Guernica" is not the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, but in Madrid in Museu National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.
Phone: +34 932 563 000
Metro: Jaume I. (L4)
Bus Turístic: Pla de Palau
closed on Mo. (also on holidays)
Closed on 1 Jan., 1 May, 24 June, 25/26 Dec.
Collection and temporary excibition:
Adults: €14.00, reduced (retired, up to 25 yrs): €7.50
Adults: €11.00, reduced (retired, up to 25 yrs): €7.00
Free admission under 18 yrs.
Free admission on 12 Feb., 18 May and 24 Sept. and every first Su. of a month.
Group reservation: +34 932 563 022 (10-13.00)
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