Picasso Museum in Barcelona

Picasso's Barcelona is waiting for you


The life of artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso cannot be understood without Barcelona. Take the chance to visit the very complete Museu Picasso and other locations in the city where Picasso (born in Malaga) spent his formative years and where he socialised with other artists like Ramón Casas and Santiago Rusiñol. Come and be charmed by the Mediterranean light so perfectly depicted in his paintings. And find out even more about the genius of cubism.

“That's where it all started... That's where I understood how far I could go”

This is how Picasso spoke of Barcelona, a city where he lived mainly from 1895 (at almost 14) to 1904, although he would later return on multiple occasions. Nine years that were crucial for his development as a painter. Barcelona as painted by Picasso was beginning to emerge as a modern city. Picasso quickly joined avant-garde cultural circles and began to create his first personal style: the blue period.His time in the Catalan capital, with which he was always linked, is reflected in the Picasso Museum Barcelona, which was created at Picasso's wish and is a must for anyone interested in one of the leading cultural figures of the 20th century. Its permanent collection includes some 5,000 works, including drawings, sculptures, engravings and paintings. 

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Following in Picasso's footsteps around the city

But Picasso's influence on Barcelona extends far beyond the walls of his museum. If you visit the city, you cannot miss the opportunity to tour it and discover places related to the genius of Cubism.You can start with the building els Porxos d'en Xifré, since the Ruiz-Picasso family lived in the ground floor of one of the houses when they first arrived in Barcelona. Can you imagine the artist from Malaga going up to the terrace to paint the roofs and create his first city landscapes?Nearby is the house of La Llotja, a treasure of Barcelona's civil Gothic where Picasso's father taught and he himself trained. Later, the artist would work in studios in various parts of the city such as Calle de la Plata.

Exterior view of the house of La Llotja in Barcelona

In Plaza Nova, you will find three friezes on the façade of the Col·legi D'Arquitectes, made by Norwegian sculptor and photographer Carl Nesjar based on drawings by Picasso.And finally, a very special stop: the café-restaurant “Els Quatre Gats”, which was the centre of intellectual meetings in modernist Barcelona at the end of the 19th century. A sign designed by Picasso himself will invite you to enter this establishment; the original café was a favourite of Picasso's, where his drawings were exhibited for the first time.Today Barcelona is still an example of an avant-garde and cosmopolitan city and bears the legacy of the city that dazzled Picasso and introduced him to modernity. Come and discover the Barcelona of Picasso.

Interior of the café-restaurant Els Quatre Gats in Barcelona
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