Born in Malaga on the 25th of October, 1881, Picasso, as a painter and sculpture, created cubism, alongside Georges Braque and Juan Gris.
Considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, he was present at the beginnings of many other artistic movements which spread around the world, and had great influence on others. Tireless and prolific, more than 1000 of his paintings are on display around the world.
He also turned his hand to other forms of art, such as drawing, engraving, illustration, sculpture, ceramics, and the design of sets and costumes for theatrical works.
El Museo Picasso de Barcelona traces the formative years in the life of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. Opened in 1963, it has a permanent collection of 3,800 works, and has a wide range of temporary exhibitions.
The museum takes up 5 palaces in c/ de Montcada. The original palaces date from the 13th and 14th centuries, and have had considerable renovation work done over the year, notable in the 19th century. They are themselves a fine example of Catalan Gothic. They are structurally linked around a central patio, with access to the main floor by an exposed staircase.
The museum is testament to Picasso's close and inseparable bond to Barcelona, beginning in his adolescence, and continuing until his death. The bond is demonstrated by the fact that the museum's collection was founded on work donated by Picasso himself. Thanks to Picasso's support, and that of his friend Jaume Sabartés, Barcelona can enjoy the early works of one of the 20th century's most important artists, including his entire series of Las Meninas.
The museum, which has undergone various extensions and renovations, is beginning a new period of development, with the introduction of new programmes and courses, so as to become an educational centre in a wider sense, and to encourage visitors' interaction and critical thinking.