Museo Picasso


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The Picasso Museum of Malaga is the flagship of Málaga's cultural offering, and is a symbol of it's regeneration and outward-looking modern philosophy, part of a city whose culture and history make it one of Europe's premier destinations. It is a fitting renaissance for the city that gave birth to possibly the world's greatest and most influential artist, Pablo Picasso. He was born in the city on 25th October 1881. Although he moved to Paris, the city that nurtured and inspired many modern art greats, he always felt an affinity for Málaga and his native Spain. He first proposed the idea of a home for his work in Málaga in 1953 but the project came to nothing. In the early 90's Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, his daughter-in-law and grandson, rekindled the proposal, and together with the Junta de Andalucia, realised the project that finally opened on the 27th October 2003. Thanks to the gift of 233 works, the permanent collection established the museum as one of the most important collections of the artist's work in the world. The works in the museum give the visitor a full perspective on the artist's works, from his origins, through his revolutionary experiments in cubism, his innovations in ceramics, his mature works, and also exhibiting his drawings, etchings and bronzes. It is a comprehensive and awe-inspiring collection. The museum also hosts regular temporary exhibitions of Picasso's works, but also work by his contemporaries and associates.

The museum has received well over 4 million visits to date, and over 40 temporary exhibitions. It is housed in the Palacio de Buenavista, originally constructed in the latter half of the 16th Century. The current building was adapted in 1997 from the much smaller gallery that had been there since 1961, and saw 18 adjoining old houses of the ancient Judería barrio being used to enlarge the overall space available. The complex is now some 8,300 square metres, including exhibition spaces, education centres and conference rooms, archives and cafe space. The impact of this museum, and later museums opened in the city has been fundamental in regenerating the city and driving visitor numbers, income and employment significantly upwards. A visit to the museum is essential as part of any Málaga trip. The building alone is captivating in its beauty, and the amplitude of the exhibition spaces is splendid, allowing the visitor to contemplate from one viewpoint, dozens of his paintings and works. Given the predominance of Spanish iconography in much of his sculpture, drawings and etchings, this museum so close to the house he was born in will really bring home to you not just his indisputable genius, but just how Spanish he really was, and how his roots were never far below the surface of his work. The museum is in the centre of the pedestrian area of the old town. If travelling by car, park in a city centre car park and walk, its no distance from several of the major carparks. The museum is open daily from 10am. In the summer months its shuts at 8pm, in spring and autumn at 7pm and in winter 6pm. Free admission is available for the last two hours each Sunday. Give yourself a minimum of two hours to fully enjoy just the permanent collection and you can choose whether to buy a ticket for the two temporary exhibitions.


Calle San Agustin 8, Old Town

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