When landing at Malaga airport, quite often visitors jump straight into a taxi, turn right and head west, without a second thought about the city of Malaga and what attractions it could have to offer. As the birth place of the world-famous artist Pablo Picasso, one must-see attraction is the Museo Picasso Malaga.
Set in the Palacio de Buenavista, in the city’s historic centre close to the cathedral, Alcazaba and Roman Theatre, this wonderful museum is run by the Fundación Museo Picasso Málaga with the sole purpose of ensuring that this important artist’s work is conserved and accessible for all to view and study.
The permanent collection is presented chronologically, showing the progress of the artist’s work, from learning to paint, to sculpture, cubism, reimagining the great masters and drawing like a child. The latest additions in the Restaurant, The Three Graces and Head of a Bull.
Yet, the museum offers much more than Picasso’s work, throughout the year there are other exhibitions such as Geneologies of Art (history of art as visual art). A display that brings together 250 authors and artists who provide iconic images and words to represent the history of art.
Towards the end of 2020, Reflection of an Era by Meret Oppenheim (October to February 2021), will provide the first retrospective of this major European artist in 30 years. The display will feature over 120 ceramics, sculptures, drawings, furniture, jewellery and fashion designs. The story starts with her early years in Switzerland where Carl Gustav Jung encouraged her to paint her dreams, through Paris where she developed her original style before distancing herself from the surrealists and returning to Switzerland.
In 2021, Metamorphosis by Miguel Barceló (March to June 2021), taking its name from Kafka’s novel, will present 100 pieces of work including paintings, ceramics and bronzes, representing the theme of transformation through laceration and fragmentation.
The museum reopened mid-May 2020, after a brief sojourn due to the Covid-19 lockdown, so it is possible to plan your visit and buy tickets online.
Picasso Museum Málaga
Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustín 8,
Opening hours: Every day 10.00 – 19.00