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  • 1919

    First donation from Picasso to the city of Barcelona, Harlequin, 1917.

  • 1932

    Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat (Catalan Government) buy the Plandiura Collection containing 22 Picassos.

  • 1960

    Jaume Sabartés, Picasso’s friend and personal secretary, proposes the creation of a museum dedicated to the artist’s work to Barcelona City Council on behalf of Picasso himself. In agreement with the City Council, the Museu Picasso in Barcelona is founded on July 27th.

  • 1963, March 9th

    The Museu Picasso in Barcelona opens under the name of the Sabartés Collection, with Picasso’s opposition to the Franco regime making it impossible to open a museum bearing his name. The collection is made up of Sabartés’s personal collection and the Picasso works from the Barcelona Art Museums (basically, Harlequin, the Plandiura Collection, the drawings bequeathed by collector Lluís Garriga i Roig, the series of prints for The Metamorphoses of Ovid and other lithographs and posters).

    The Sabartés Collection is held in the palau Aguilar, located at 15 Carrer de Montcada which was purchased by the City Council in 1953.

    Asked by Brassaï about whether Picasso would return to Spain for the opening of the Barcelona museum, Sabartés replied that, as is known, Picasso swore he would not set foot there during the Franco regime 'but he was totally in agreement with the museum. It had, at the end of the day, excited him, supervising the plans and design closely.' (Brassaï. Conversations avec Picasso (1964). Paris, Gallimard, p. 371.)

  • 1963

    Salvador Dalí donates the illustrated book Les Metamorphoses d’Ovide containing 30 Picasso etchings from 1931 (MPB 70.945 to 70.974) and Gala donates a 1913 collage – the only cubist collage at the museum (MPB 70.801).

  • MPB 70.433 MPB 70.459 MPB 70.450
    1966

    Collector Sebastià Junyer Vidal [photo Guia BcnPicasso] donates 7 of Picasso’s drawings from between 1899 and 1904 (MPB 70.803 to 70.809)

  • 1968

    Jaume Sabartés dies. In homage to his dead friend, Picasso donates the Blue Portrait of Sabartés (1901) and the 58 canvases making up the Meninas series (1957). In addition, Picasso agrees to donate a print of all those dedicated to his friend in the future to the museum.

  • 1970

    The Museu Picasso is extended. The palau del Baró de Castellet (Montcada, 17) is added. Picasso gives the entire large collection his family held in Barcelona (mother, sister and nephews). The collection (921 works) is made up of oil paintings and drawings from his childhood and youth era.

    This is how notary Noguera described it: ‘On 8th May 1970 the donation to the city of Barcelona was formally accepted in public deed which, as a notary public, I had the honour of authorising with the city representatives receiving the works from the Vilatós, who, until that moment, had had them. The extraordinary artistic value of the works donated by Picasso thus singularly increased from a historical and human point of view', later going on to state, 'the donations to the museum which both (Picasso and Sabartés) wanted to create have become a permanent monument to their friendship and an unquestionable testimony to their love for Barcelona'. (Raimón Noguera, 'El amor a Barcelona', Destino, 2224, May 1980).

  • 1982

    Jacqueline Roque, the artist’s widow, donates 41 ceramic pieces to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. The photographer Roberto Otero donates 80 photographs of Picasso and his milieu – a graphic collection of the last years of the artist’s life.

  • 1983

    | The heirs and the Louise Leiris Gallery donate 117 of the artist’s prints. The Picasso-Reventós Foundation gives the museum The Dead Woman (1903).

  • 1984

    Acquisition of 12 lithographs from 1949 (MPB 112.709 to 112.720)

  • MPB 112.761 MPB 112.943
    1985

    Jacqueline Roque donates Woman with Bonnet (1901). Lord Amulree bequeaths The Offering(1908). Notary Public Raimón Noguera donates 5 drawings from 1970 (MPB 112.762 to 112.766) and 9 prints from 1957 (MPB 112.768 to 112.775). The museum is extended again with the addition of the palau Meca (Montcada, 19).

  • 1987

    Pablo Vilató Ruiz (the artist’s nephew) donates two canvases from the Avignon period: Head of A Woman (1970, MPB 112.866) and Seated Man (1969).

  • 1991

    The Ministry of Culture transfers the work Roofs of Barcelona (1903).

  • 1993

    Acquisition of the illustrated book Saint Matorel by Max Jacob (1911) with four original Picasso etchings (MPB 112.998).

  • 1998

    Acquisition of the drawing Portrait of Jacqueline with Ribbon (1963, MPB 113.028)

  • MPB 113.035
    1999

    The museum is newly extended with the addition of la casa Mauri and the palau Finestres (Montcada, 21 and 23). The museum gives over new refurbished spaces to temporary exhibitions.

  • 2000

    Acquisition of the bronze sculpture Woman’s Head (Fernande) and Catalan Sketchbook, a sketchbook from Gósol in 1906 (MPB 113.039).

  • 2003

    Remodelling of interior spaces for the permanent exhibition.

  • MPB 113.113
    2004

    Acquisition of the illustrated book Le Siège de Jerusalem by Max Jacob (1914) with three original Picasso etchings. This copy belonged to the poet Paul Éluard,

  • 2005

    Acquisition of the oil painting Fairground Stall (1900).

  • MPB 113.143
    2007

    The building in the back square of the museum is added, Plaça Sabartés. Acquisition of 8 prints (MPB 113.121 a 113.128).

  • 2008

    New rooms dedicated to Picasso’s prints. Acquisition of a portrait of Sabartés as a faun, dated 1946 (MPB 113.143).

  • MPB 113.223 MPB 113.291 MPB 113.223 MPB 113.242 MPB 113.136 MPB 113.292
    2009

    New Acquisitions at the Museum:

    Madrid Bohemia (group of artists) (MPB 113.222), Santiago Rusiñol and Miquel Utrillo smoking pipes (MPB 113.291), Variation on Las Meninas - Page from the book Picasso. Les Ménines et la vie (MPB 113.223), Print from the book La Célestine by Fernando de Rojas. París, Editions de l'Atelier Crommelynck, 1971– 1001 Nights and Célestine: the Young Slave - 16 May 1968 (III) - 9 x 12.5 cm., Print from the book: Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnuby Honoré de Balzac. Paris, A. Vollard, 1931 - Painter gathering up his brushes, with a model in a turban - 1927-1928.

    A drawing by Picasso is donated to the Museum by Catherine Hutin, the daughter of Jacqueline Picasso. Sketch for Las Meninas (MPB 113.292)