Barcelona is a city as rich in culture as it is in beauty, making it one of the best places to visit in all of Europe. Among the city’s many cultural attractions is the famous Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona, housing a sizeable collection of the Spanish artist’s lifeworks. If you’re an art enthusiast or at all interested in the life and works of Picasso, this museum is central to understanding his career and the extensiveness of his talent. Located on the Carrer de Montcada, the city’s most important stretch of mediaeval architecture, the Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona building is a site to see in itself.
About the Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona
The museum is a key to understanding Picasso’s coming of age as an artist, and in that it deeply reflects his relationship to Barcelona itself where he spent many years of his youth and adolescence. Housing over 4,000 of his works in many different mediums from painting and drawing to printmaking, the collection is exhaustive up until his well-known Blue Period, and depicts his evolution into the years when his work became well known around the world. The museum is housed in five large townhouses, or palaces, that were built within the 13th to the 15th centuries. These buildings represent the Catalan civic gothic style that is popular within the area’s most historic architecture.
Visiting the Museum
There are many different ways to explore the museum. You can opt for an audio tour that is self guided and allows you to learn more about the pieces you are most interested in, or for a more traditional guided tour given by a knowledgeable docent whose passion and education in Picasso’s work will be lavished on you. Tours are available of both the permanent collections and temporary exhibits.
Picasso – Dali
A popular exhibit currently on display at the Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona features the works of Picasso and Salvador Dali side-by-side. These two important 20th Century artists have long been known for having opposing political views, but a deeper relationship between them has recently been more exposed to the public, and the remarkable impact they had on one another personally is displayed in this exhibit of their similar works. Among the paintings, drawings, etchings and sculptures by both Picasso and Dali, you’ll find documents providing contexts to their work through which you’ll get to see how connected they truly were. There are many different ways to experience this exhibit including a roundtable discussion with experts in these works, guided tours, a reading club and family workshops that are offered.
The museum also takes part in many city-wide festivals such as the LOOP Festival, and will even hosts concerts during the upcoming Symphonic Festival. There are often special events happening, like free nights at the museum and other family oriented ways to enjoy this wonderful Barcelona attraction. Whether you’re a collector, enthusiast or just someone who enjoys learning about culture through the lens of famous artists, you don’t want to miss a chance to explore this wonderful haven of artifacts.
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