Barcelona's Picasso Museum does more than feature a rich selection of works from throughout the artist's life. It also excels in helping us to understand Picasso's key inspirations and, above all, his relationship with Barcelona.
The Museum houses an excellent portrayal of the young artist’s life, and leads us through the different stages of his evolution, both as a person and as an artist. Although it’s a small museum located in the Born neighborhood, it carries a varied selection of his works and focuses largely on his paintings from 1917.
One of the greatest things about the Museum is its exhibits. Several times a year, it will feature a special group of pieces, which are related to a Picasso theme or that highlight a series of paintings. This year, the focus is on Picasso's ‘collage expertise.’
Museu Picasso — Photo courtesy of Melissa Benning
Some may not know that Picasso was also the inventor of the art collage, and Barcelona is where he actually pasted his first mechanically-reproduced image onto one of his drawings. In the new exhibit featured by Museu Picasso, "A Collage Before Collage, Picasso 1899" (the year he pasted his first image), we're drawn into the artist's mind. We're able to explore his interests and thoughts, as well as his relationship to serial production in general.
The exhibit will run from March 6th through June 3rd, 2012 and will be presented in the Permanent Collection rooms. To avoid lines at the door, it’s best to go online and book tickets in advance. You may even get a deal for purchasing your tickets ahead of time.