One of the places I knew I had to visit during my trip to Barcelona was the Picasso Museum. I’ll always jump at the chance to take in a new museum when I’m abroad, and I heard that this one should not be missed.
The museum is located in La Ribera, one my favorite parts of the city. Finding the entrance was a little tricky, since it’s tucked away down one of the neighborhood’s narrow streets. We were able to follow the signs, then the long line to get in showed that we were in the right spot. The museum consists of five connected buildings, which we were told date back to the 14th century.
Picasso spent many of his most creative years in Barcelona, and personally requested that the museum be built in the city. A lot of the pieces were donated by the artist himself. The museum houses one of the largest collections of Picasso’s work, with pieces spanning his life. It’s well organized and laid out in chronological order, so it’s easy to navigate.
If you’re coming here to see some of Picasso’s most recognizable paintings, you may be a little disappointed. The museum focuses more of Picasso’s life and his connection to Barcelona. The tour starts with pieces done by a young Picasso, and to see the skill he possessed at such a young age is incredible. The artist’s Blue Period is the most prevalent, and there are also some key pieces from the Rose Period. Interestingly, a twenty year gap of time is unaccounted for, and I would have also personally loved to have seen some more Cubism represented. One of the most impressive parts was the complete 58 piece collection of Las Meninas. The tour ends with some of Picasso’s pottery, which was cool to see, since it’s so seldom discussed. We were lucky enough to have visited during the temporary exhibit Post Picasso: Contemporary Reactions. The exhibit showcased modern artists’ recreations of Picasso’s style and some of his most visible paintings. Works by contemporary artists like Jasper Johns and George Condo are featured, along with the famous Picasso portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Even if you’re not a huge Picasso fan or art lover, the museum is a great way to spend an afternoon. Tickets are only about $11, so it’s well worth a visit when in Barcelona.
Visiting the Museum: The museum is located at Carrer de Montcada, 15-23. Purchase tickets in advance in order to avoid the long lines. Give yourself at least 2 hours to explore. More information can be found on the museum’s website.