Weekly Trip 4: Picasso Museum

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Weekly Trip 4: Picasso Museum

Another week in Barcelona! I can’t believe my summer here is almost over… But anyway, the Picasso museum is something I’ve wanted to see for a really long time now, and with this past Sunday being the first of the month, I knew this was my chance!


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Background

Pablo Picasso is arguably one of the most famous artists of all time, so it makes sense that his museum is an extremely popular tourist attraction. The Picasso Museum focuses on the artwork he did in the early part of his life.

The museum opened its doors on March 9, 1963 thanks to the donations of many of the members of Picasso’s inner circle. There was a third incorporation of works eventually given by Picasso himself that really gave the museum its own personality.

In the 1970s, Picasso donated works from his childhood that the painter had left in the house of his sister, Lola. These pieces really added to the exhibit and made it what we see today.


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Tickets

I went on the first Sunday of the month, so my visit to the museum was free. However, if you want to go on a different date, I highly recommend buying a ticket in advance to avoid the line and make sure it’s not sold out. Since the Picasso Museum Barcelona advance tickets are for a timed entry, you will need to plan ahead. 

The Picasso Museum Barcelona entrance fee is €11 for adults.  If you would also like to see the temporary exhibit, then the ticket price is €14.  Students with IDs and those 18 years and younger are free.  Visitors between the ages of 18 and 25 and those over 65 can receive a discounted Picasso Museum Barcelona ticket.


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Artwork

The artwork in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona is arranged in chronological order, with a heavy focus on his early works.  I knew he started his artwork when he was extremely young, but I had no idea what to expect in terms of its quality. I was blown away by the works, he was incredibly talented even at such a young age.

I then moved to his paintings from the Blue and Rose periods. It was interesting to see the contrast of these two eras. The Blue era paintings were very dark and depressing, while the Rose era paintings were very electric and vibrant.

Picasso was very well known for his part in the Cubist movement, but I found it very interesting to see his earlier works because it was a style of his I had never really been exposed to before.

Seeing some of his more famous works was very cool as well. A lot of colorful paintings and cheerful subjects. It was a really cool experience.

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