The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is one of the most fascinating museums I have ever visited. I have seen Picasso art in various other museums, but this museum is so unique. I'm sure it has the largest collection of Picasso art works anywhere, but it's not just the sheer volume that makes this museum so extraordinary. It's the fact that the museum displays many work from his early years, and in chronological order, so you can see how his talent progressed over the years. Biographical sketches of Picasso's life and evolution in art are also posted on the walls. To me, visiting the Picasso museum was like walking through a movie of his life, but even better, because I could spend as much time on a painting as I wanted.
Even though there was a long queue to get in, once we were in, it did not seem that crowded to me. I had plenty of opportunities to browse slowly if I wanted and to get close to the smaller paintings and drawings.
The other unique thing about this museum is the collection of Picasso ceramics, which he created later in his life. I had never seen Picasso ceramics before visiting this museum. Serving a dish of paella in one of those ceramic dishes would certainly get attention!
He is one of my favorites. I visited his temporary exhibition in Istanbul. And I was lucky to see Guernica with its preliminary drawings in Reina Sophia. And at last I visited his museum in his home, Catalunya.
Since it was one of our (mom loves Picasso, too) prior destinations, we started to look for it before learning the streets enough. So we lost more than once. Then we noticed a crowd waiting as a queue and joined them. We did not wait long.
The building was beautiful. It has a souvenir shop, toilets and a cloakroom at the base floor. You have to leave your backpack here before you enter the museum.
You can see some variations of Las Meninas of Velasquez inside.
After we left the building, we encountered a group of street musicians and enjoyed their music for a while.
Barcelona must be very specially to present the world 3 famous artists - Picasso, Gaudi and Dali.. spent sometime of their lives in this city... and they are all sooo unique..
This gallery collects paintings from his early day which are very different from his later works.. You will be able to see how his manner changed.
The meseu itself is also a great building, locates in a small lane.
The Museu Picasso is one of those museums that guidebooks tell you is worth visiting, even if you are not interested in the art, simply for the building alone. There is some justification for this, for the museum is situated in two fifteenth-century palaces in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter. Unsurprisingly, since the artist lived in Barcelona between the ages of 14 and 23, the collection is strongest on his early years. However, for me the most interesting part was the series of paintings based on interpretations of Velázquez’s Las Meninas, which become increasingly abstract, so that it becomes quite difficult to spot the dog, let alone the children.
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.
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