The Picasso Museum, Malaga

By: Ruth Polak
The Pablo Picasso Museum in Malaga is a wonderful tribute to this greatand innovative artist of the twentieth centuary.

It had been a long time desire of the artist himself, as well as his family, that he should have a presence in his birthplace city of Málaga. The Picasso Museum is one of only three in the world dedicated exclusively to the artist. He was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century being as he was both an innovator of artistic styles and techniques and thus changed the course of modern art. The Picasso Museum is located in the historic city center and is housed in the wonderful 16th. centuary Palacio de Buenavista.

The majority of the permanent collection is exhibited in the Palacio de Buenavista.

This large, noble house is typical of Andalusian architecture of that period with its blend of Renaissance and Mudejar influence. Christine Ruiz Picasso, the principal donor of the funds, had expressed her wish that the building should be of typical Andalusian architecture and this indeed is a fitting monument to house the great man's works. In its twelve halls, the Picasso Museum displays amost 200 works of art which constitute the permanent collection. The art gallery alsoinclude 4 other halls for temporary exhibits. Completing the museum facilities are an assembly hall, a library, an educational department and an investigation and a promotion center.

The main collection is principally made up of works donated, or on loan, from Christine Ruiz-Picasso, daughter-in-law of the artist, and her son Bernard, grandson of Picasso.

The museum opened with 204 permanent works of which 133 are due to Christine’s collaboration. An additional 49 works are on free permanent loan for a period of 10 years. Another 40 pieces are on loan from Bernard for the period of one year. Of incalculable value, this collection consists of works and paintings that Picasso gave to his family members and the majority of the exhibits in the collection have not been seen in public before. Among the numerous works to be seen for the first time are Olga Kokhlova con Mantilla (1917), Madre y niño (1921-1922) and Retrato de Paulo con Gorro Blanco (1923). Exhibitions.

From 17th. July 2006 : Picasso as seen by Roberto Otero.

The Museo Picasso Málaga has acquired the archive of the Argentinian photographer Roberto Otero, more than 1,500 images that depict, in the most exceptional way, Pablo Picasso’s everyday life and creative processes in the 1960s. Picasso as Seen by Otero will feature 62 photographs illustrating the great artist’s most intimate moments.

From 2 October 2006 to 28 February 2007 : Picasso Muses and Models.

This coming autumn, the Museo Picasso Málaga will present the exhibition Picasso, Muses and Models. Through 45 paintings, 14drawings and 6 sculptures, the show illustrates the powerful female presence in Pablo Picasso’s art, constantly as a model and on no few occasions as inspiration. Picasso. Muses and Models explores Picasso’s manifold representations of the female figure and his evolution, inspired by Fernande Olivier, Olga Kokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar and Jacqueline Roque over a long period spanning the years from 1906 to 1971. Many the works featured have been shown on few occasions, and come from private collections in France and the United States.

A bilingual catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition, containing essays by Robert Lubar, Professor of Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts (New York University) and Estrella de Diego, Professor of Art History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Address of the Picasso Museum Palacio de Buenavistac/ San Agustín, 8 29015 Málaga, EspañaFor more information on all of the above visit the Website of Picasso Museum

Tel: (34) 952 127600

Fax: (34) 952 127607

Opening hours:

Tuesdays -Thursdays: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Fridays - Saturdays: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Sundays and Holidays: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

December 24th and 31th: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Closed Mondays, December 25th, and January 1st. Entrance fees:

Collection: 6,00 euros

Exhibits: 4,50 euros

Combined entrance: 8,00 euros.

Ticket Desk will remain open until half an hour prior to closing time.

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