The Museu Picasso in Barcelona is the key reference center for understanding the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the 4,251 works that make up the permanent collection. Outstanding among these from the later part of Picasso’s output, Las Meninas, is the only complete series by the artist housed in one single institution.
The Museu Picasso, which opened in 1963, reveals the artist’s close relationship with Barcelona, it is housed in five unique Gothic palaces that make them an incomparable surrounding for this world-class institution.
The history of the Museu Picasso in Barcelona is the chronicle of the artist’s firm wish to leave the imprint of his art in our city. Thanks to the wishes of Picasso and his friend and personal secretary, Jaume Sabartés, Barcelona now has the youthful work of one of the twentieth century’s most significant artists.
The Museum is very rich in regard to work from the training periods in the life of the artist; we could say that it is practically exhaustive up to the Blue Period, of which the Museum has a priceless group of works. Furthermore, the Museum houses an important representation of works from 1917, and the series, Las Meninas (1957) and a very large Picasso’s prints collection.
The Museum has undergone successive renovations and expansions. It is committed to spreading knowledge and to fostering the visitor’s participation and critical views. The Museum wishes to be a space of dialogue, exploring new approaches to Picasso’s work and influence and offering new perspectives on the Museum's Collection.