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Narrow medieval streets, cozy small bars and centuries-old stones of the pavement - in this Gothic area of old Barcelona on Moncada street in the mansion of Berenguer d’Agilar, the museum dedicated to the life and work of the great Spanish artist, sculptor and designer Pablo Picasso has been located since 1963. Today, its exposition also occupies nearby equally no less ancient mansions - Baro de Castellét, Mauri, Finastres and Meca.
The long and fruitful life of the great master marked the birth of a new era in the visual arts. More than 20 thousand of his works are scattered around the world. Of the significant museums that store his works, the most notable are still in Paris and Antibes (France). Here, in Barcelona, as part of a permanent exhibition, 4249 works of the great master are stored. This is the largest collection, because it is with the Catalan capital that its early period of creativity is associated, and Pablo himself suggested the idea of creating a museum here. The idea was implemented by a close friend and secretary of the painter, also an artist, James Sabartes and Gual (Jaime Sabartés i Gual), and his collection of paintings by the great master became the basis of the future exhibition. Later, after the death of James, in memory of a friend, Picasso handed over to the museum his collection of 2450 paintings and prints.
Mostly in the museum early work presented, and they are located in a strictly chronological order - from children's pencil sketches to mature works. Here are school and student works, paintings of the classic “Blue Period” and partially paintings of the “Pink Period”, created even before moving to Paris. Separate halls are dedicated to some works here, where you can see the creation process in its sequence, with sketches of elements in various versions and in different angles. The chronological sequence allows us to trace the development and paradigm shift in the work of the master and his becoming as the founder of cubism.
Of the most significant works, his first paintings “Science and Charity” and “First Communion”, the complete series of “Menin” - interpretations on the themes of Velazquez's works, as well as the series “Pigeons” made in Cannes in 1957 are exhibited here. Noteworthy are such works as “Harlequin” and “Dancer”, created in Paris at the time when Pablo Picasso was there with Russian ballet. Of the later works, in the painting section, there are only a few paintings from various thematic series.
In addition, it is presented here large section of ceramics. These creations of Picasso, created in 1947-1965. were donated to the museum by his widow Jacqueline Picasso (Roque), because Pablo met her in a ceramics shop. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum often hosts temporary exhibitions dedicated to the works of the great master, some of which are exchanged from other cities and private collections. There are also exhibitions dedicated to various contemporary artists and styles that have had a significant impact on the history of fine art. And, despite the fact that the museum turned 50 in 2013, interest in the work of Pablo Picasso does not wane, and tickets here must be ordered in a few days.