Museu Picasso, Barcelona

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Casa del Baro de Castellet, Montcada, 15-23 93 319 63 10

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    Pablo's early work

    by mindcrime Written Mar 27, 2009

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    I have seen many museum dedicated to Picasso but it’s never enough, isn’t it? The museum is housed at 5 large houses that used to be palaces between 13th and 15th century. It opened in 1963 and houses 3000 pieces of his work. You will enter from their common courtyard, get you ticket, leave you backpack(for free) and go up the open stairway for the entrance (pic 1). Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) came to Barcelona at the age of 13.

    The collection starts from the first paintings of Picasso and continues in chronological order. My favorites here are: Science and Charity, The Embrace, The Frugal Meal
    It is opened Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-20.00, the entrance fee is 9 euro. Photo/video isn’t allowed.

    Opposite Picasso museum you can visit Barbier-Mueller Museum (pic 4) which is situated at Palau Nadal and houses Pre-Colombian Art of pre-Hispanic cultures of Latin America. It is open from Tuesday to sunday 11.00-19.00(Sunday till 15.00) and the entrance fee is 3euro

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    An amazing showcase of Picasso's works

    by stressball Written Feb 22, 2005

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    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

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    Picasso`s youth

    by Dariana Written Nov 19, 2004

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    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

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    Picasso Museum

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jul 24, 2007

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    Outside the Picasso Museum in Barcelona

    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!

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    MUSEU PICASSO

    by zumodemango Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    Young Picasso pictures can be seen. Beautiful "La Espera"(Margot) from his early stages in Paris. Some great pictures from his blue stage, too. A very interesting picture:Las Meninas to compare with the Velazquez painting in El Prado(Madrid).
    Interesting museum! now, i want to go to Malaga new Picasso Museum!
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    Make the effort!

    by nyonnetti Written Oct 13, 2008

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    The Picasso Museum is a hit when visiting Barcelona. I learned so much about this artist- what a prodigy he was as a young child and how his art evolved over his lifetime. The museum is located in a group of palaces in the Ribera district. It is a beautiful location with a very picturesque courtyard. It is said that the museum holds the greatest collection of his work and Picasso himself would donate his work to the museum, although never visiting it himself (would not come in to the country of Spain when under Franco's rule). Note: if you are under 25 you can get your ticket for almost half the price (6 euros instead of 10).

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    Picasso Museum

    by col_hall6 Updated Mar 13, 2004

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    Barcelona is such an artistic city that it is no surprise so many painters and sculpters made it their home.
    Pablo Picasso is universally known, but what this museum provides is a fascinating insight into this very clever man.
    Even if you are not an art lover this museum will still interest you.
    The museum is split into different numbered rooms, that form a circuit. Try to follow the sequence, as it shows you how Picasso developed, from a young artist, into a great painter showing the many different periods, such as the blue and pink periods and the reasons why.

    Best time to visit - Early, as it gets crowded or during the afternoon siesta. The first Sunday of the month is free admission.
    Opening hours - Tuesday to Saturday 10 - 8, Sunday 10 - 3. Monday closed.

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    the young years of Picasso

    by chancay Updated Apr 11, 2006

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    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.

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    Intriquing ceramics & mental cubistic pieces

    by annase Updated Feb 28, 2008

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    Although Picasso was originally not from Barcelona or Catalonia, he lived in the city for a while. A large part of the collection has been received as a donation from Picasso in 1970. This includes all his early work (the ones before he started painting all this weird cubist stuff). There is obviously many cubist works too. I though the most disturbing were this work on Las Meninas (The Maids of Honour) which distorts the painting by Velázquez. If I had been Velaquez, I'd probably been annoyed!!! Oh well..

    I loved the ceramics by Picasso though. There is a collection of ceramics: flat pieces, pitchers, bottles, small earthenware jars, bowls, tiles... all bearing witness to his passion for this art.. His subjects included the mythological world of fauns and satyrs, human figures, animals –especially owls (!), doves and goats, bullfighting.. I really loved his owl ceramics! Definitely worth seeing!

    Admission to the permanent exhibition: EUR 6 (2007)

    Sadly no photography is allowed.

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    by Jehcekah Written Jan 19, 2004

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    The museum is housed in five adjoining medieval palaces, which are currently being renovated. However, the museum is really not affected by the work. The most interesting part of the museum was the collection of Picasso's earlier works. Even at age 15 and 16, the artist was busy painting and drawing. These aren't always shown as examples of his work in books, so it is refreshing to see something different. There are only a few pieces from his Blue Period, but the ones on display are quite impressive.
    About three full rooms of the museum are dedicated to Picasso's obsession with Velazquez's masterpiece, Las Meninas. Picasso painted each portion of the portrait in his own style and the simliarities and differences in the paintings can keep you entertained for awhile. The museum isn't terribly large, but I would allow yourself about an hour to and hour-and-a-half to view everything. That is, unless you are very interested in his painting and you spend more time examining them. The museum has a gift shop containing millions of Picasso, Dali, and Gaudi souveniers. There are also very clean toilets and plenty of benches to rest your feet.

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    There were a couple of kids in the museum while we were there. I did notice that they seemed quite bored with most of the paintings. Although, they did seem to find some of Picasso's more surreal works fairly funny. Despite this, I don't really think this is a place to take your young children.

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    MUSEU PICASSO

    by hevbell Updated Jun 18, 2006

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    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

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    Picasso Museum

    by IceBear7 Written Dec 22, 2003

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    It is hard to stay what is more beautiful, the paintings in this museum, or the building itself!
    The museum is located in one of the nicest streets of Barcelona, with lots of beautiful old houses. That gives a great contrast to the modern paintings. While you look at them you always get a chance to look through the windows and admire the building.

    Pablo Picasso lived and studied in Barcelona for some years he was born in Malaga) and you can see from his pictures that he loved his city! But then, who does not love Barcelona! Many paintings in the museum are from times, when Picasso was still very young, starting from his early attempts with portraits of his family and also featuring his blue and pink periods.

    The entrance fee of 5 Euro is well worth it and quite cheap compared to other museums in Barcelona. Don't miss it!

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    by Raimix Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    Picasso museum is located in medieval palace not so far from gothic Santa Maria del Mar church. I haven’t visited museum, as I am not too much into modern art, but it is nice to see outside of this place as well. Museum was opened in 1963, that time Picasso gifted some his works for a museum and later some more left after his death. Museum presents his works from first paintings, when Picasso was 15 -16 years old.

    Here is a place, where you could see lot of tourists visiting it, was Picasso art is very popular worldwide.

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    Picasso at his best!!!

    by IIGUANA Written Jan 31, 2005

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    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.

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    Museu Picasso

    by Orbital_ Written Sep 2, 2004

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    Because you can't photograph inside obviously...

    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.

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