Picaso Museum, Málaga

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  • The beautiful Palacio de Buenavista
    The beautiful Palacio de Buenavista
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    Palacio de Buenavista
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    Nasrid storage jars
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    Some art..but worth visiting for the cellar!

    by leics Written Mar 2, 2014

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    I like art but I'm not passionate about it, and I'm certainly not passionate about Picasso. I'll be honest and say that the only reason I visited the Picasso 'Museum' (really a gallery containing some of his works and some works from artists who inspired him at various times) was because I knew the cellar of the rather lovely building contains some pretty ancient archaeology.

    Picasso was born in Malaga (you can also visit his birthplace, the 'Casa Natal', nearby) and lived there until he was 10, when the family moved to A Coruna. This museum opened in 2003, in the absolutely lovely and beautifully restored Palacio de Buenavista, which dates back to the mid-1500s and is just a couple of minutes' walk from Malaga's cathedral.

    The palacio is magnificent, with two storeys of rooms ranged around a central 'patio' (courtyard) and some beautiful wooden ceilings. One of those ceilings caught my eye in the room where one pays to enter. It's absolutely beautiful, so do look up when you are paying!

    Opposite the cashdesk is a counter where you must give in your bag to be scanned and, if it is considered too large, to be kept in lockers behind the counter. Given the likely popularity of this museum i was surprised at how small the room was and how little space there is for queueing for payment and scanning. At busy times I imagine there can be long queues stretching back to the building's entrance.

    No photographs are allowed in the gallery rooms, of course, and that's fair enough. I was not aware of any restrictions on taking photographs of the building's exterior, nor of the excavations in the cellar.

    I enjoyed wandering the gallery rooms for a while, and particularly liked the portrait of Picasso's son on a donkey. I believe a lot of the Picasso art on display was given by the artist to family and friends, rather than put on general sale.

    Onwards to the bit i found most interesting! During the renovations of the palacio excavations revealed not only elements from an earlier Nasrid palace on the site...a cobbled entryway, several large earthenware containers set deep into the soil to keep stored food cold...but also some Roman remains (part of a fish-sauce factory) and, earliest of all, a large chunk of the original Phoenician city wall and parts of adjoining buildings. Phoenician Malaka was founded in 770 BC/BCE so that section of wall is not only truly ancient but also pretty important.

    There are super-clean and very such toilets, a lift to help with accessibility, a bookshop/giftshop and a cafe. The latter is really rather small, and its outside area is also small, so don't exect to find a seat at busy times of year.

    Even if you aren't much interested in Picasso it really is worth paying the entrance fee to see the archaeological elements and to enjoy wandering the lovely palacio.

    Open Tuesday to Thursday from 1000 to 2000, Friday and Saturday 1000 to 2100, Sunday and public holidays 1000-2000.

    Standard adult entrance fee 7 euro. You can buy tickets in advance online via the website below.

    There are free tours for individual visitors at set times during the week, mostly in Spanish but at least one in English. See website for details.

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    Museo Picasso Málaga

    by draguza Written Jul 2, 2013

    What better place to engage in Picasso's works than the Museo Picasso Málaga, in his hometown Malaga! The museum is a tribute to the great artist, who revolutionized the art world. Inaugurated by Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain in 2003, it houses paintings, engravings, sculptures donated by Picasso's family. Variety applied in techniques, materials and pattern, leave accomplished people, amateur artists and laymen in awe. The depth and the uniqueness of his works, acquaints you with diverse facets of his personality. Though works of Picasso cannot be limited to a particular venue or boundary, a visit to this museum, lets you catch a glimpse of his renowned works.

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    You don't have to like Picasso...

    by PrincessMonja Written Sep 11, 2011

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    I have to admit I'm not a huge Picasso fan, I like the odd piece (and some pieces are very odd!) but I really enjoyed visiting the museum dedicated to him.

    The museum is in a wonderful old Palacio which is just beautiful. There are several galleries displaying a variety of Picasso's works, but the two things I enjoyed most were...

    - The archeological area in the 'basement', where you can see Phoenician and Roman ruins, which are fascinating.

    - The temporary exhibitions - There was one about the Spanish Civil war and the use of cartoons and propaganda. (FYI gift shop would love to be able to buy a set of the anti-fachist playing cards that were displayed!). The other temporary exhibition was about the photo journalist David Douglas Duncan who was a friend of Picasso and took many photos of him and his family - really interesting.

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    A pleasant hour with Picasso

    by amapola66 Written Oct 23, 2010

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    Picasso - Villa Chene-Roc

    Popped into the Picasso Museum on our weekend break in Malaga. It's in the town center and a nice size to negotiate if you are only in Malaga for a weekend. The museum was created to remember that Picasso was born in Malaga and the artists old home is nearby.

    We went on a Sunday afternoon and there was a short queue outside the museum and then again once inside, but nothing too bad. Still, if you can't stand for long, it's worth getting a coffee at one of the museum cafes opposite and getting someone more able to stand in the queue ;-)

    The museum itself is housed in a lovely old building near the cathedral. It houses Picasso drawings, prints, ceramics and paintings aquired by the museum and donated by the family Picasso. We spent a pleassant hour or so wandering around reading inetresting quotes from the great man and furthering our understanding of the artist without too much effort.

    Entry price 6 euros (free entry only on every last Sunday of the month). Visitors over 65 and students are at a reduced rate of 4.50 euro.

    All cameras are taken until exit.

    Opening hours :
    Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 8pm
    Fridays & Saturdays 10am - 9pm
    Sundays 10am - 8pm

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    Picasso Museum

    by barryg23 Written Oct 18, 2009

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    Malaga was the birth place of Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, so it's fitting that the city should have a museum about its most famous son. The museum, located in a former palace in the centre of Malaga has attracted large numbers of visitors since it opened in 2003.

    Picasso's most famous work, Guernica, is on display in Madrid, while much of his other best known works are in the Picasso Museum in Paris. However, the collection in Malaga is still very impressive, made up mostly of paintings from throughout his career. The collection, valued at almost 200 million, was donated to the museum by Picasso's family.

    It costs 8 Euro to visit the museum and neither cameras nor bags are allowed (there is a cloakroom for these beside the ticket office). Included with your ticket is a useful leaflet, available in a number of languages, which gives more information on a selection of the works on display.

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  • El Museo de Pablo Picasso

    by blint Written Mar 22, 2008

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    El museo

    This is different from the Casa Natal in Plaza de la Merced and is the official museum in Malaga dedicated to Picasso.

    Opening hours:
    Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm
    Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 9 pm
    Sundays and public holidays, 10 am to 8 pm

    Admission fees:
    Permanent Collection:6.00 €
    Temporary exhibitions: 4.50 €
    Combined ticket: 8.00 €

    Free admission:
    Youths aged 18 and younger (children under 12 and younger accompanied by an adult)
    Holders of Euro26 youth card
    ICOM Members

    The permanent collection and the long term loan collection offer you a wide selection of his art work including pieces such as: Portrait of a bearded man, Woman with Guitar, Portrait of a Woman in a Hat with Pompons. To be honest most of the paintings here are not his most famous pieces which are displayed in larger more important museums such as El Prado in Madrid.

    There is also a temporary exhibition of other people's art or photography.

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    Museo Picasso

    by call_me_rhia Updated Mar 15, 2008

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    Museo Picasso

    Located in a charming palace with tower just a few metres away from the Catedral de la Conception, you can fing the Picasso Museum, celebrating one of Malaga's best-known sons. The typical Andalucian palace dates back to the 16th century and it's called Palacio de Buenavista.

    Inside, in the twelve halls of the palace, you can learn all about Picasso, his life and his art. Thanks mostly to loans and donation by Christine Ruiz-Picasso (Picasso's daughter-in-law), visitors can admire 204 permanent works, plus about 90 others on loan for shorter periods.

    These are the opning times
    Tuesdays -Thursdays: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Fridays - Saturdays: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Sundays and Holidays: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

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    visit the Pacasso museum

    by Jjanusz1jewelry Written Dec 27, 2007

    Whether or not this is your favorite artist- this is a museum you should visit. Not only is the building beautifully arranged with many of the artists works that have been rarely seen (or photographed), but the location in Malaga puts you right in the middle of a great little area of shops and cafes to wander about, have a snack etc....

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    Picasso Museum

    by Alless Written Sep 21, 2007

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    The museum, funded by the Junta de Andalucia with the support of heirs of the Andalucian artist, is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream of the artist.It is the result "of the people of Malaga's passion for the artist".
    Opening hours:
    Tuesdays -Thursdays: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Fridays - Saturdays: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Sundays and Holidays: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

    December 24th and 31th: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Closed Mondays, December 25th, and January 1st.

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    PICASO MUSEUM

    by lina112 Updated Nov 1, 2006

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    Actually the most visited museum in Malaga since was opened 2 years ago. There are two expositions, the temporal one and the permanent one. There is guided visit in the afternoon for all people who wish to join, you must to note in advice.

    Es el museo mas visitado en Málaga desde su apertura hace 2 años. Hay 2 exposiciones, la temporal y la permanente. Hay visitas guiadas por la tarde, tienes que reservarla al menos 1 hora antes del tour.

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    Picasso

    by IanMacPhail Written Jun 4, 2006

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    The Picasso museum is certainly worth the 8 euros (for the combined ticket) The paintings are clear, bright and interesting just like the museum buiding which is a wonderful setting. The building has a surprise underneath it too and that is worth waiting for.
    Just 5 minutes away is the birth house of Picasso, it`s at the far corner of Plaza de la Merced. It`s only 1 euro and the staff there wear the same smart outfit as the charming museum staff.

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    MUST SEE: Picasso

    by AlexeRoy Written Mar 18, 2006

    Ok If you are not afan of Picasso (I'm not a fan) the visit can be long. But the museum it self is very nice and it is very special to have Picasso's art work in front of you.

    I would recommend it. If you are not a fan: 1 hour and you are done!

    $: at the time 1 euro: for the price it is a must !!

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    An demonstration of Picasso's versatility

    by iNorv9 Written Feb 15, 2006

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    This museum recently was recently renovated to celebrate Malaga’s most famous native son. With over 155 works, the exhibition features paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and prints from Picasso’s long and prolific career. There is also a temporary exhibition, which I found less impressive as it featured mostly bland bowls and pots.

    Cost: Collection 6, Temporary exhibition 4.50, combined ticket 8. Half price for students and seniors.

    Bottom-line: Though it doesn’t feature any of his most famous works, as a casual art observer this exhibition made me appreciate Picasso’s versatility and the sheer breadth and volume of his long artistic career. On top of that, the museum itself has been nicely renovated and is architecturally quite appealing.

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    Malaga's famous artist comes home

    by aaaarrgh Updated Dec 2, 2005

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    A new tourist magnet for Malaga is its Picasso Museum, opened in 2003. Pablo Ruiz Picasso, possibly one of the world's most famous artists, was born in Malaga in 1881. A few yeasr a ago Picasso's daughter offered the city 180 paintings and drawings at a knock-down price.

    Personally I really enjoyed the Museum. The main part is housed in a large sixteenth century courtyard building, with a distinctive tower. There is a modern cafe/bar too which opens out onto a cobbled courtyard with fountains and flowers. Outside the museum are some of Malaga's prettiest old streets.

    For those of you who get tired of looking at paintings, there are some well preserved remains of Roman and Phoenician Malaga in the basement.

    Not many of Picasso's well-known paintings are here. But there is a good mixture, from small drawings to big oil paintings. And a really good spread across Picasso's long life, from his earliest paintings as a fourteen year old, to his big crude canvases when he was ancient. Though some of his paintings I think are taking the p*ss, my favorite was one of his latest, the Muskateer (1972?), where his crude, quick brush strokes and vibrant colours come together really well.

    Open from early (10am) to late (8pm, 9pm Fri & Sat). Admission currently 8 euros for the permanent displays and the temporary exhibtions combined. Reductions available.

    No photos allowed within the museum - I got told-off for trying :-((

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    Picaso Museum

    by diageva Updated Mar 24, 2004

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    Picasso Museum

    Just open, in November of 2003, this colection will transform Malaga. Malaga has never atract many turist in its city, but with this new and important museum, Malaga will be let know. Thanks Picaso.
    OPENING HOURS:
    Tuesdays -Thursdays: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Fridays - Saturdays: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Sundays and Holidays: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Closed Monday, December 25th, and January 1st

    Ticket Desk will remain open until half an hour prior closing time

    ADMISSION FEES:
    Collection: ?6.00 ?
    Exhibition: ?4.50 ?
    Combined Fee: ?8.00 ?

    SPECIAL TIP:
    Have a tea in the nice teahouses is near the entrance.

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