26-09-2008  

Presentation of the New Picasso Museum (
Malaga, Spain)

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The past 27th of October the King and Queen of Spain inaugurated the new Picasso Museum in Málaga. The King and Queen arrived to the Malaga port on that Monday. Present at the opening were Chistine Ruiz-Picasso, her son Bernard, Minister of Culture Pilar del Castillo and the President of Andalucia, Manuel Chaves. Almost 2000 people visited the gallery on opening day. After official opening ceremony and praising the results of Chistine’s influence in the museums creation and generaous donations of family collections, Juan Carlos and Sofia had the opportunity to see a good portion of the permanent collection displayed in the 12 halls of the gallery. They also visited the Roman and Phonecian ruins, displayed in the basement floors of the museum and which were found during the restauration of the building.

Malaga, the city of Pablo Picasso’s birth, becomes the home to this museum devoted to one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, an artist who was an innovator of artistic styles and techniques, changing the course of modern art. It had been a long time desire of the artist himself, as well as his family, that he have a presence in his birthplace city of Málaga. The museum is one of three museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the artist.
The new gallery is located in the historic city center and surrounded by most characteristic monuments : Cathedral, Arabian Fortress “Alcazaba”, Roman Theater, Gibralfaro Castle, Picasso’s birthplace at the Plaza de la Merced and the Iglesia de Santiago, where he was baptised. The majority of the permanent collection is exhibited in the Palacio de Buenavista.This lage noble house is typical of Andalusian architecture of the 16th centruy, with a mixture of Renaissance and Mudejar elements. Christine Ruiz Picasso, principal donor of the funds, had expressed her wish that the building should be of typical Andalusian architecture.

In its twelve halls, the museum will display amost 200 works of art which constitute the permanent collection. The art gallery will include 4 other halls for temporary exhibits. Completing the installations are an assembly hall, a library, an educational department and an investigation and a promotion center.

The main collection is principally made up of works donated or on loan from Christine Ruiz-Picasso, daughter-in-law of the artist, and her son Bernard, grandson of Picasso.The museum opens with 204 permanent works of which 133 are due to Christine’s collaboration. An additional 49 works are on free permanent loan for a period of 10 years. Another 40 pieces are on loan from Bernard for the period of one year. Of incalculable value, this collection consists of works and paintings that Picasso gave to his family members and the majority of the elements in the collection have not been exhibited to the public before. Among the numerous works to be seen for the first time are  Olga Kokhlova con mantilla (1917), Madre y niño (1921-1922) and Retrato de Paulo con gorro blanco (1923).

Website of Picasso Museum  www. museopicassomalaga.org

See image of organization of Museum building
http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2003/graficos/oct/s4/museo_picasso.html

MUSEO PICASSO MALAGA
Palacio de Buenavista
San Agustín, 8
29015 Málaga
Tel: 952 60 27 31

Open: 
Tuesday through Thursday: 10:00am. - 8:00 pm.
Friday and Saturday: 10:00am. - 9:00pm.
Sundays and holidays: 10:00am. - 8:00pm.
Closed Mondays

Entrance fees:
Collection: 6,00 euros
Exhibits: 4,50 euros
Combined entrance: 8,00 euros.

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Telephone: +34 91 883 12 64, Fax: +34 91 883 13 01
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