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  • Mythologies, Graphic Work in the Collection of the Museum

    • Date November 24th 2016 to March 19th 2017
    • Throughout his life, Picasso felt an attraction for the world of mythology, as demonstrated by his first drawing preserved; Hercules (1890), the legendary hero known for his superhuman strength.

      Picasso the engraver, recreated scenes and characters taken from the fertile world of Greco-Roman mythology. He would describe myths and narrate stories that had been based on a religion or a system of beliefs, and that have lasted to this day, especially in the world of plastic arts. In this unreal world with an aim for the truth, as told by ones and others over the course of time, Picasso, like so many other artists, offers his stories of gods or other natural phenomenon, more or less deified, as well as legends about heroes and heroines; legends that try to explain the forces and phenomenon of nature and the qualities or moral realities of the individual man and his social experiences, which represent ideas or symbols.

  • Cubism and war. The crystal in the flame

    • Date October 21th 2016 to January 29th 2017
    • The French called the 1914-18 War, the Great War. It is a war whose front-line horror and misery is most compellingly remembered in images by photography and film, and the massacre was a daily reality in Paris, which was hardly more than 100 kilometres from the front-line.

      This exhibition explores the work of artists who refused to accept that recording the war or producing propaganda was their duty and attempted to keep alive the expanded possibilities opened up for the arts of painting and sculpture by what was called Cubism in Paris in 1911-14.

      The majority of young Frenchmen were mobilized, so those artists left behind in Paris were either foreign or too old or unfit for combat: Pablo Picasso, alongside his fellow Spaniards Juan Gris and María Blanchard, the Mexican Diego Rivera, the Italian Gino Severini, and the Lithuanian sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, the French sculptor Henri Laurens and painter Henri Matisse. Fernand Léger and Georges Braque, who went to the front and had very different artistic responses to the conflict, are also included in this exhibition.

  • Latest Donations and Acquisitions 2010-2016

    • Date February 25th to May 15th 2016
    • The Museu Picasso of Barcelona presents the exhibition Latest Donations and Acquisitions 2010-2016, in which for the first time a selection of works, images and documents will be exhibited which are the most representative of the collections received by the Museum in recent years. These include a total of 115 works by the artist, 15,871 photographs by various authors, 3,277 photolithographic prints and 24,221 textual documents related to Picasso and the study of his work and his life that now form part of the collection. The exhibition responds to the will of the Museu Picasso to make these new collections known to the public, which will also be periodically put on show in exhibitions related to the collection of the Museum. Furthermore, these donations and acquisitions respond to one of the main aims of the Foundation: "to increase its heritage by giving value to the collection and complementing it in a notable way”.

  • Pablo Picasso. Circus scene, with a winged horse, seen by a stagehand. Mougins, 14th April, 1970. Etching on copper plate, printed on Rives vellum paper (numbered Sabartés proof). 50.5 x 53.5 cm (plate); 63.5 x 69.5 cm (paper). Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Gift of Picasso's Family, 1979. MPB 112.175. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photography: Gasull Fotografia © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2016

    The 156 engravings

    • Date May 26th to September 4th, 2016
    • Between 1963 and 1972, Picasso returned to calligraphy engraving or engraving on metal. In this period he worked with the printing brothers Piero and Aldo Crommelynck. The result of this collaboration was, amongst others, the two major series that were particular to the last period of Picasso the engraver, with more than five-hundred and twenty engravings: the 347 engravings carried out between March 16th and October 5th 1968, and the 156 engravings, which were produced between October 24th 1968 and March 25th 1972.

      In the exhibition, we present the prints that make up the series of the 156 engravings, published by the Galerie Louise Leiris.

  • Pablo Picasso (atribuida). Jacqueline Roque en La Californie. Cannes, 20 de enero de 1958. Fotografía a las sales de plata. Fondo Jaume Sabartés. Adquisición, 2008. Museu Picasso, Barcelona © Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2016


    • Date June 9th to September 4th, 2016
    • The Museu Picasso pays tribute to Jacqueline Picasso (known as Jacqueline Roque before her marriage to Picasso in 1961), thirty years after her death. Here Picasso’s muse and model is the protagonist in her own right: the art and documents exhibited give us a glimpse of her as both a patron and a photographer.

      In the museum galleries, where for the last three years have housed the collection of ceramics she donated, offer the ideal space for this tribute. The set of ceramics, and the oil Woman with a bonnet, bear witness to her outstanding generosity and the deep affection she had for the Museum right from its inception. The selection of photographs reveals a little-known side to her: Jacqueline the photographer, a privileged chronicler of the artist’s private life and surroundings.

  • Picasso, Photography and Ceramic

    • Date June 23rd to October 30th, 2016
    • In 1955, the International Ceramic Academy hosted its first congress, as well as an exhibition where Pablo Picasso’s work was represented. In September 2016, the 47th Congress will be held in Barcelona, with a focus on ceramics in architecture and public space. Coinciding with the event, the Museu Picasso presents a selection of photographs from our collection documenting Picasso’s work as a ceramicist.