The Picasso Museum in Barcelona contains over 4000 works of art from Picasso and focuses on his formative years and his connection to Barcelona. It was really interesting to see paintings and sketches from when Picasso was as young as 9-years-old, to see how his art changed and progressed over time, and how he was influenced by the various artists he met and studied.
Picasso established a strong connection to Barcelona when he lived here during his apprenticeship as an artist. And, in 1960, he made it clear that Barcelona was where he wanted his museum to be. Picasso’s friend and personal secretary, Jaume Sabartés, approached the City Council of Barcelona with a proposal to create a museum dedicated to the artist’s work and they agreed. Sabartés’s extensive personal collection was donated and it comprised most of the museum’s collection along with a handful of donations from Picasso himself.
The Picasso Museum occupies five large town houses or palaces on the street Carrer de Montcada. The collection is spread over 20 separate rooms and arranged in chronological order. When we think of Picasso we think paintings, but the museum also offers a nice mix of sketches, lithographs, etchings, and even pottery.
We all really enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, photographs (even without flash), filming or using a mobile phone are not allowed in the exhibition rooms. You can view highlights of the collection here.