The museum opened its doors in 1963, and was the first museum dedicated to the artist’s work ever to open. Pablo Picasso was born in the town of Málaga in southern Spain but his family moved to Barcelona when he was a young boy. The city held an important place in the artist’s heart throughout the rest of his life. The origins of the museum lie in the desire of Picasso’s life-long friend Jaume Sabartés — to whom Picasso had given many of his paintings, sculptures and other artworks — to open a public museum for all to enjoy Picasso’s oeuvre. It was Picasso himself who suggested that the museum should be opened in the city of Barcelona, given his ties to the Catalan capital.The museum is located inside a series of buildings dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries, designed in the Gothic style of the time, each with their own identity and history. A certain degree of controversy surrounded the opening of the museum given Picasso’s opposition to the leader of the time, General Franco, and as a result it originally opened under the name ‘Sabartés Collection’.
The museum’s permanent collection is organized into three sections: ceramics, engravings, paintings and drawings. In total it consists of over 3,500 pieces of art, many of which were donated by Pablo Picasso himself as well as his friends and family. The majority of the collection ranges from 1890 to 1917, and features very little of his work dating after 1917. The museum has made much of the collection visible online via their website, and their active presence on social media won them the ‘Museums & the Web’ Best of the Web award in 2010.
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