Although I dont like Picasso I am glad that I have visited that museum.It includes paintings and studies of his early years so dont expect to see his famous style and technic in them.A must see museum, but try to be there early to avoid the queues.
Picasso Museum was inaugurated in 1963 in the Aguilar Gothic palace in Montcada street, 15. Then another 4 palaces were added so now the museum houses a really vast collection chronologically showing the history of Picasso's art creation. Picasso Museum is one of those opened before artist's death and a large part of present collection comes from the donation that Picasso himself made in 1970.
Many of Picasso's works represent Barcelona as this is where he lived, where he studied, where he worked, where he had his studios and also, this must be the best place to show his life and art.
The entrance fee is 6,00 € and be prepared for about 30 minutes waiting to get in.
This collection of works by Picasso is housed in 5 medieval houses all joined seemlessly together after many years of renovations. Although not born in Barcelona, Picasso spent some years in the city and learned to paint there. The collection contains a lot of his early work and is laid out chronologically so you can see how he progressed as an artist.
Well worth a visit. The queues were long when I got there but moved pretty quickly so it didn't take too long to get in. If you can make it on the 1st Sunday of the month then it is free entry
it all started with the way to the museum, passing through the most narrow streets in the old town of Barcelona. A beautiful way until suddenly reaching a street FULL of people. After a while recognizing that this was one big queue!! It was sunday, the first sunday ofthe month, and this is the day, when some museums including the Picasso museum are of free entrance fee.... well, decision was quickly made that beach would be quite nicer than waiting 2 hours in a queue.
But we came back, some hours later, at around 6pm. As the museum closes at 8pm there was still enough time, and surprisingly NO queue anymore. Anyway, the museum was still crowded, but acceptable. So we got in and enjoyed it and it was worth it. Although I am no absolute Picasso lover, this exhibition about his first years, how he started to paint etc was really interesting. In one ofthe last halls you find a really work of him: "Las meninas". The "original" work is from Velasquez, and Picasso did more than 50 works of parts of it plus one entire work of it in his cubistic style. Very interesting was as well a slide show putting parts of the Velasquez work and the Picasso works one above the other to show how Picasso changed it. I found this very fascinating, and I must admit that I even got a new idea of Picassos cubism (as I never liked it that much before).
We stayed around 1 and a half hour inside, but you can easily spend more time in this museum. Besides there are often temporary exhibitions as well (they cost extra entrance fee, as well on this free museum day)
I couldn?t take any photo inside as it was forbidden. A lot of things were forbidden in this museum, these security guys really bothered. E.g. I was waiting in a really wide empty floor and reading in a map when one of them told me that it is forbidden to STAND there!!!?? Why is that? Anyway, it is worth to visit this museum, even if you are not a fan of Picasso, I would say.
Frisos del Col-legi d'Arquitects- the only piece of public art of Picasso, executed by the norwegian artist Carl Nesjar according to his original designs. There are 3 friezes:of the children, of the giants(u can see it in the pic) and of the catalan flag.
El museo Picasso in Barcelona showcases his earliest works from his teenage years on. It includes many of his drawings, ceramics, paintings from his blue period and a series of paintings inspired by Velasquez´s las meninas. There are also many works that were painted and inspired by Barcelona and Catalonia. While not his most expansive collection the museum it is definitely interesting and a must for an art fan. It is also conveniently located near many other sites in the barri gotico.
Lots of Picasso, you can see his talent evolve over the years, I was surprised to see how talented he was a realism before he evolved into cubism. Unfortunately his three major paintings are not here but it is still worth a visit.
Mmmmm... We try to find some places where the young Picasso spent some time...For beginning:Els Quatre Gats(The 4 Cats), named like this after the well known "La Chat Noir", another artistic restaurant in Paris.
Remember how mother's saved all your finger paintings and art projects, someone did the same for Picasso's works during art school and his early days.
My favorite part of the museum was the study paintings for his take on Diego Velazquez's "Las Meninas" and then comparing it to Picasso's full scale version. They also have a collection of his ceramics.
I've personally never been a connosieur of art, and as such my time at the Picasso Museum really dragged. Espescially so, as my girlfriend at the time seemed intent on reading every little bit of information next to every painting. I concede that there were some interesting aspects of the place, and some impressive pieces of art, and by that token I think I perhaps may have enjoyed it more had I been able to go around at my pace, ie much quicker!!
Those who visit the museum in the same mould as myself are advised to stay on your toes. I was told off by security three times, for leaning against a wall, standing too close to a painting and having my arm resting on a cabinet. As I'd spent the morning walking up and down the many steps of the Sagrada Familia, standing upright for four hours, bored out of my skin was quite a chore!
The best part about this museum is the way in which Picasso's works are displayed. Everything is shown in chronological order of his life. It's amazing to see a pencil drawing that Picasso made at 8 years old and then to see how his works progressed throughout the different stages of his life.
You only need a couple of hours to go through this museum, although you can get through much quicker if you're in a hurry.
Tickets are 5 euros per person
This museum shows Picasso's trajectory from early times to cubist times. It shows how the artist evolved to be what we know today, from early drawings, to the blue period until the cubist pictures we now know. Las Meninas is displayed in this museum. So if you know something about Picasso, or never heard of his name before, you should enter it and discover one of the most amazing artists of modern times.
Museu Picasso in Barcelona contains one of the most important and exhaustive collections of the works of Pablo Picasso's youth and education, in particular the ones he did between 1895 and 1904. The thing is that this was the first time that I actually understood cubism. I was standing in front of this painting when I sudden exclaimed, "I get it!" This scared the hell out of the patron next me and I had to apologize about my epiphany.
His name in full was Pablo (or Pablito) Diego José Santiago Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Crispín Crispiniano de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz Blasco y Picasso López. In his early years he signed his name Ruiz Blasco after his father but, from about 1901 on, switched to using his mother's name, Picasso.
Picasso was born in Málaga, Spain, and is probably most famous as the founder, along with Georges Braque, of Cubism. However in a long life he produced a wide and varied body of work, the best-known being the Blue Period works which feature moving depictions of acrobats, harlequins, prostitutes, beggars and artists.
While Picasso was primarily a painter (in fact he believed that an artist must paint in order to be considered a true artist), he also worked with small ceramic and bronze sculptures, collage and even produced some poetry. "Je suis aussi un poète," as he quipped to his friends.
Although most people associate Picasso with his Cubist pieces, it is important to realize how talented Picasso was as a painter and draughtsman. He was capable of working with oils, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pencil, ink, or indeed any medium with equally high facility. With his most extreme cubist works he came close to deconstructing a complex scene into just a few geometric shapes while at the same time being capable of photo-realistic pen and ink sketches of his friends. Picasso had a massive talent for almost any artistic endeavor he turned his mind to.
Because its location in Montcada street,the visit to Picasso Museum is enriched by the walk along one of the most picturesque streets of Barcelona.The museum is housed by five medieval old palaces (Aguilar, Baro de Castellet, Meca, Casa Mauri and Palau Finestres) and was opened in 1963 ; it contains the most important and exhaustive collection of work from Picasso`s youth (1895-1904).It is interesting to follow Picasso`s growing and its genius` development :conventional academic style ,post impressionist ,the Blue period and the beginning of cubism.
You can admire "Las Meninas" an excellent analytical excercise and an original interpretation of Velasquez.The museum`s collection also includes drawings,engravings, litographs and ceramics.Barcelona was,for Picasso, the link between academic and modernisme
Even if you’ve just a casual interest in visiting art galleries this should be top of your Barcelona itinerary. It’s justifiably one of the city’s most-visited attractions but naturally this means that you’ll have to queue later on in the mornings and into the afternoons. Arguably the 20th century’s most influential and iconic artist, the eponymous museum showcases hundreds of is original canvases, drawings and ceramics. Pieces are displayed chronologically by period so as you follow the route through the numbered galleries you are taking a tour through his inspired life. Utterly fascinating.