Picasso Museum Málaga
Museum in Málaga
The Museo Picasso Málaga is a museum in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain, dedicated to the artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso and gives a great overview of the artist and his work. The museum was inaugurated by the King and Queen of Spain in 2003 and is housed in the Palacio de Buenavista. It is located in the center of the city close to the Alcazaba Fortress and Castillo de Gibralfaro.
Permanent and temporary exhibitions
The Museum’s permanent exhibition is spread over 12 halls and the basement displays archaeological remains that were found during the remodeling of the building. originally it held 300 works of paintings, ceramics, and sculptures and in 2017, 166 new masterpieces were added to the collection.
The rooms progress in chronological order from 1920 to 1970, and reveal the important stylistic milestones of his work – from the pink period and the cubism, to the Neoclassicism and the Surrealism, until his last works in the 70s. Highlights include a painting of Picasso’s sister Lola undertaken when the artist was only 13.
Other renowned artists are invited to show their work for the temporary exhibitions.
How to get to the Picasso Museum?
The Museum is located on 8, San Agustín street in the Palacio de Buenavista, close to the Malaga city centre.
If you go on foot, you can stroll in the lovely Old Town, passing near the Roman Theatre, the Alcazaba and the Cathedral. Via bus, the best stops are in the Plaza de la Merced (bus line 1) in the north and the Paseo del Parque del Ayuntamiento (bus line 3) in the south.
Visiting the Museum
One of the best ways to visit the museum is with an audio guide or a guided tour.
History of the Picasso Museum
The original works in the collection were donated and loaned to the museum by Christine Ruiz-Picasso who was the wife of Paul, Picasso’s eldest son, and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, who was Picasso’s grandson.
The palace is located in the Palacio de Buenavista, which is a two-storey 1530 building with a splendid porticoed patio that occupied its center. Its location imposing width of its facade make it an impressive building and a perfect placement for the museum. The building was renovated in in 1950 and 1984 and afterbecoming the Picasso Museum, it was combined with the two attached buildings which provided the Museum with an auditorium and an exhibition room.
During the renovations, the archaeological remains of Phoenician buildings and part of the city walls were discovered as well as rooms of the old Renaissance palace were found.
Visiting Picasso Museum Málaga
10am-8pm Jul & Aug, to 7pm Mar-Jun, Sep & Oct, to 6pm Nov-Feb
€9, incl temporary exhibition €12, free last 2hr before closing Sun