The Picasso museum in Barcelona wasn’t always intended to be in Barcelona. As Picasso was born in Malaga, everyone thought that his art should be exposed where he first saw the light. However his dearest friend didn’t agree. Given Picasso’s close relation with the city of Barcelona, Jaime Sabartés chose the Catalan capital as the city to welcome Picasso’s art.
Today, the Picasso museum is located in Montcada Street where former palaces were built by rich merchants. Like any other buildings of the street, the Picasso Museum displays vaulted ceilings and stunning patios.
When the museum was inaugurated in 1963 under the name of his friend as Picasso was strongly opposed to Franco and couldn’t risk giving his name to the museum, it hosted 574 pieces of work all from donations from Sabartés and Picasso itself to the city. When Sabartes died, 920 other pieces of art were given to the museum by Picasso.
Today the Picasso Museum contains more than 4,000 pieces of art from each period of the artist’s life, including selfportraits, academic works and famous paintings such as Las Meninas.
This important art collection reveals the relationship the artist had with Barcelona and allows the public to better understand his artistic process.
A great place to discover and/or rediscover this world famous Spanish artist!
Address: Carrer de Montcada, 15-23
Don’t get too excited if you think you’ll be able to photograph Picasso’s art to bring it back home with you, pictures are not allowed.
Special access for disabled is available.
You can have a break at the library and eat something in the museum’s café and restaurant.
Bus: 14, 17, 19, 39, 40, 45, 51, 59 stop at Via Laietana-Argenteria
Metro: L4 to Jaume I station
Vesping: Select the spot in the GPS.
Easilly skip the queue buying your entrance online. You can save up to 2 hours!
And if you don’t mind the crowd, you have to know that the entrance is free for everyone every first Sunday of each month. No excuse not to go!