The Picasso Museum analyses the artist's relationship with Catalonia

15/02/2024 - 12:00 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The new season of exhibitions at the centre is presented, which includes a new museography of the permanent collection.


A new season is beginning at the Museu Picasso (pictured. photo: Vicente Zambrano), which over the next few months will not only renew the way in which it presents the permanent collection on Carrer de Montcada, but will also delve deeper, with a series of exhibitions, into the artist’s relationship with Catalonia.

After the celebrations linked to Picasso last year, the Museum on Carrer de Montcada is now going to review different aspects of the artist’s relationship with this land. If we are talking about landscape, this relationship is explained in “Bernard Plossu. Picasso’s Catalan Landscapes”. The exhibition curated by Emmanuel Guigon, which can be seen from 1 March to 16 September, will show the images taken by this photographer portraying Horta de Sant Joan, Gósol, Cadaqués and Barcelona. They are images of a special texture that, they say, speak to us of Picasso’s own soul.

From 7 June to 6 October, it will be time to come and see the exhibition dedicated to the artist, writer, model and company of Picasso between 1904 and 1912, Fernande Olivier. It is the first exhibition that the museum has dedicated to her and it focuses on texts and documentation that tell us about their relationship and their long stays in Horta de Sant Joan and Gósol. It is “Fernande Olivier, Pablo Picasso and their friends”, with Malén Gual as curator.

From 22 November to 30 March next year, we will be able to see another of the great exhibitions of the season, “From Montmartre to Montparnasse (1889-1914). Catalan artists in Paris”. Commissioner Eliseu Trenc brought works by Santiago Rusiñol, Ramon Casas, Isidre Nonell and Lluïsa Vidal, among many other artists from different disciplines who visited the City of Light at the same time as Picasso.

This year, 2024, it is one hundred years since André Breton presented the Surrealist Manifesto in 1924. The anniversary will be celebrated at the centre with events, activities and publications that will focus on Picasso and the surrealist movement, but also on André Breton’s relationship with Catalonia and Spain. Among the proposals planned, the documentary recreation of an exhibition from 1936 organised by the group ADLAN (Amics de l’Art Nou). It was “Picasso”, which was shown at the Sala Esteva, the art space created in 1900 in the old quarter of Barcelona by Joan Esteva i Casal and Claudio Hoyos i Ayala. Other exhibitions and publications during the year pay tribute to the centenary of Surrealism.

From October 2024, the Museu Picasso will be launching a new museographic arrangement of the permanent collection, which will incorporate a discursive narrative and prioritise contextualisation. Thus, the presentation will talk about Picasso’s relationship with Barcelona or about the artist’s donations. One room will house one of the best-known works in the collection, Las Meninas, together with Els Colomins, with documents from the archive, photographs and other exhibition materials. In addition to these changes, which will make the visit even more enjoyable, the museum will now include a room dedicated to Picasso’s ceramics, which will house the collection donated to the Museum by Jacqueline Roque. Come during the month of June and you will be able to see works from the Prado Museum which, in an enriching exchange, will show the relationship between the masters of the golden age and the painter from Màlaga.

Remember that, in addition, the Museu Picasso Barcelona continues to offer a whole range of activities for all kinds of audiences throughout 2024.

If you would like to know the full programme of the Museu Picasso for the coming months, please consult its website.

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