Best Picasso Museum Barcelona Tickets
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a unique place in the world for discovering the artist's early works and his relationship to the city he loved so much.
Imagine in the Montcada street, Born district, five medieval palaces linked together to make a museum. We go up, we go down and we go up again. It's charming to visit and it's an immediate immersion in the atmosphere of the old Barcelona districts at the time of Picasso.
Picasso and Barcelona: The Genesis of a Genius.
Born in 1881 in Malaga, Pablo Ruiz Picasso spent his entire youth in Spain. In 1891, his father was a teacher at the drawing school "La Coruna". At the age of 8, he already practiced drawing and painting. In 1895 the family moved to Barcelona, his father taught at the School of Llotja (the Lodge) named at the time: "Higher School of Arts, Industry and Fine Arts". Thanks to his father, Picasso, only 14 years old, can exceptionally pass the entrance exam. A true prodigy, he was immediately admitted.
The young Pablo is admitted to the Llotja School having performed in one day the subject of the examination for which candidates are usually given one month...
The school's teaching is very academic, Picasso very quickly and perfectly masters drawing and classical painting. Two years later, he competed at the Royal Academy of Madrid. Its success is as striking as in Barcelona. At 16, Picasso has reached the highest artistic level of the best art schools in Spain.
At the age of 19, he exhibited for the first time in Barcelona, in the artistic tavern of the "4 Gats" and left for Paris. But he will keep a deep attachment to this city where he will come back many times.
Picasso Museum Barcelona Visit
The Museum, which is also a foundation, is certainly the reference in terms of understanding Picasso's work during his formative years. More than 4200 works by the young painter are on display. It presents Picasso's most important collection of drawings, paintings and sculptures from his early days to his blue period.
The Permanent Collection
The museum was created in 1963 on the idea of poet Jaime Sabartés, friend and private secretary of Pablo Picasso, when he donated his collection of the master's canvases to the city. When Jaume Sabartés died in 1968, Picasso completed this collection by offering the Meninas series and the blue portrait of Sabartés to the museum in 1901. In 1970 he donated another 920 paintings. Jacqueline Roque, Picasso's last wife and muse, made two important donations to the museum in the 1980s: 40 ceramics and 117 engravings.
The collection has since been completed over the years by donations from private collectors and galleries and by acquisitions from the City of Barcelona, including many photographs.
The artist signed his first works Ruiz-Picasso before choosing P.R.-Picasso and then definitively Picasso in 1901!
The visit to the museum traces the artist's journey from 1890 to 1917 in chronological order. Among the emblematic paintings in this collection you will discover:
Self-portrait of Picasso in 1896, he was only 15 years old then!
The blue portrait of Jaume Sabartés (1901)
Room 13, dedicated to the Menins, is certainly the most remarkable of this museum.
A great admirer of Diego Velázquez's work, Picasso re-interpreted in 1957 the famous painting "Las Meninas" painted in 1656 in a series of 58 paintings.
The series - “Les Ménines, les Demoiselles d'honneur" - preserved in its entirety at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona is the only complete series by the artist that has remained in one place. This is a very extensive study that consists of 45 cubist interpretations of the work, 9 scenes of a dove, 3 landscapes, and a portrait of Jacqueline.
Do not miss temporary exhibitions such as the one on "Picasso in Barcelona in 1917" and the only collection of vintage photographs of Picasso by Lucien Clergue, an acquisition of the museum in 2017.
Picasso Museum Barcelona ticket price
- Adult permanent collection ticket: 12€
- Permanent collection ticket under 18 years old: 0€
- Senior permanent collection ticket (over 65 years old): 7€
To Avoid waiting lines : we strongly advise you to choose date and time and to buy online your tickets.
Picasso Museum opening hours
- The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 7pm. Thursdays until 9:30 pm.
- Closed every Monday and the following public holidays: January 1, May 1, June 24 and December 25. On December 24 and 31, the museum closes at 2pm.
Where is the Picasso Museum located?
The Picasso Museum is located in Montcada Street 15-23. The entrance is at N°17. The nearest metro station is Jaume I on line 4. All you have to do is get off at Carrer de la Princesa in front of the metro and then turn right to find Montcada.
Best time to visit Picasso Museum?
The museum is a landmark attraction in Barcelona. We advise you to visit it as soon as it opens or two hours before it closes, that's how long it takes to visit it.
Free admission to the Picasso Barcelona Museum
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona offers free admission:
- every Thursday afternoon from 6pm to 9.30pm
- the first Sunday of every month from 9 am to 7 pm
- and during the open days: February 12, May 18 and September 24
- The Picasso Museum is equipped to accommodate people with reduced mobility. An elevator facilitates access to the exhibition and wheelchairs are available on request.
- It is forbidden to take photographs even without flash of the works of art just as it is forbidden to use your mobile phone.
- You will also enjoy the museum's bookstore and shop: an essential visit to buy postcards, souvenirs and books from your visit.
Picasso Museum BarcelonaMontcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Area: Ciutat Vella
Website: Picasso Museum - Barcelona
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm
Prices: 11€ (museum + temporal exhibition) or 6,6€ (temporal exhibition)
Phone: 00 34 93 256 30 00
Phone 2 : Fax 00 34 93 315 01 02
Metro/Bus: Metro: Jaume -Arc de Triomf - Liceu / Bus: 17,40, 45 Laietana - 39, 51 Passeig Picasso - 14, 59 Pla del Palau
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