The most important collection of the works of Picasso’s youth and training.
Although the idea of the Museum was proposed by his friend and personal secretary Jaume Sabartés, it was Pablo Picasso’s wish that it be built in Barcelona. His love for the city, together with the support of the Barcelona City Council, made this project possible and in 1963 the museum was inaugurated. The entire project was carried out discreetly and intelligently by all parties, Picasso’s support for the republic and criticism of the Franco regime was well known and they did not want to take risks. Proof of this is that it was not called the Picasso Museum, but rather the “Sabartés Collection”.
Much of the works on display are from 1890 to 1917 in which we can observe the evolution in the different stages and periods of the artist. The museum also exhibits lithographs, ceramics and engravings by the artist, such as “La Minotauromáquia”. The collection has more than 4,250 works, some as relevant as; Man with beret, Self-portrait, Harlequin, El loco or Las Meninas, series of 58 paintings. The museum also holds temporary exhibitions, most of them related to the artist.
The Museum occupies five stately buildings, most of them former palaces on Calle Montcada.
Palau del Baró de Castellet
The Mauri House