Picasso’s story is closely linked to the city he was born in – Malaga. Malaga City has become a major destination for tourists interested in art and culture since the opening of the Picasso Museum Malaga. While the gallery attracts thousands of visitors, many more than any other in Andalucia, the city offers a Picasso route featuring the highlights associated with the life and work of this master of twentieth-century art. While walking along this route, you’ll discover information about Pablo Picasso’s legacy and learn some facts about his life.
Pablo Picasso his Early Years
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in a house next to a traditional square in Malaga City, Plaza de la Merced. At present, the building is home to the Picasso Foundation. The Foundation was created to foster cultural development and host documents on Picasso’s work. The Foundation has a gallery that runs temporary exhibitions which are in some way or another related to Picasso. It has an archive with documents and records related to Picasso’s life and work as well as to contemporary art. The Foundation’s holdings comprise of 3,500 works of art, mainly prints and ceramics.
The building adjoining the house where Picasso was born is the place his family moved to before leaving for La Coruña in 1891. They lived in 17, Plaza de la Merced on the 3rd floor, the place where little Pablo began drawing and painting when he was a young boy.
Malaga City and the Picasso Family
Picasso’s route stops at Plaza de la Merced, whose doves Picasso could see from his window and was then to depict so many times in his artwork. Calle Granada will lead us to a place where Picasso’s father used to meet renowned intellectuals. Today, there’s a pharmacy in the site. Just a few minutes’ walk from there, we’ll find the Church of Santiago, one of the oldest in town, built in Baroque style and dominated by a Mudejar tower. Picasso’s grandparents and parents got married in the Church of Santiago, and the artist himself and his two sisters were baptised here.
Picasso’s route will then take us to the old Municipal Museum, San Telmo School of Arts, San Rafael College, María Cristina Conservatoire, Gaona High School and, of course, to La Malagueta Bullring, the first arena where Picasso attended the impressive show involving a bull and its matador. You’re bound to enjoy each and every corner of this route.
The Picasso Museum Malaga
The Palacio Buena Vista, a sixteenth-century stately building that is home to the Picasso Museum, is the ideal doorway to access the world of Picasso. The museum’s permanent collection includes paintings and sculptures, and there’re rooms that host temporary exhibitions. The launch of a museum devoted to the most dynamic artist born in Malaga takes into account Picasso’s wish to keep some of his work in the city he was born in and where he lived the first years of his life. The works, donated by Christine (daughter-in-law, who gave 133 pieces) and Bernard Ruiz Picasso (grandson, 22 pieces), are the pieces which he gave to his family and which he kept for himself. All of them reveal the technical innovations, variety of styles, mediums and materials used by the genius of modern art.
Temporary exhibitions run so far have displayed a collection of ceramics, a retrospective, bullfight-themed works, part of the Antibes Museum collection, muses and models, Otero’s peculiar perspective, and a history of photography.
Casa Natal de Picasso (Fundación Picasso)
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday, from 9.30 to 20.00
Closed on bank holidays
Free entrance on Sundays
Plaza de la Merced, 15, 29012 Malaga
Tel. +34 951 92 60 60
Museo Picasso – The Picasso Museum Malaga
Opening Times: Tuesdays – Thursdays, from 10:00 to 20:00
Fridays – Saturdays, from 10:00 to 21:00
Sundays and Holidays 10:00 to 20:00
Closed Mondays, except during July and August when open 10.00 to 20.00
Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve: 10:00 to 15:00
Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustin, 8, 29015 Malaga
Tel. +34 902 44 33 77
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