PicassoIt seems like yesterday that the most famous artist of his time in the world left it in 1973 at the age of 92. Malaga has always been proud of the fact that Picasso was born in the city. It was certainly a big day when the king and queen of Spain visited to inaugurate the Museo Picasso during October 2003 to celebrate his life and works.

The museum is housed in the Palacio de Buenavista in the heart of the historic centre of Malaga under the beautiful backdrop of the Alcazaba Fortress and Gibralfaro Castle. It has been restored to its former magnificence and contains many of his most famous works and it is a real joy to wander round the building. There is also a wonderful library containing books of all his works and more besides. Outside there is a delightful cafe where one can partake of a coffee break or lunch. As an added bonus, just 5 min walk away from the museum is the residence where Picasso was born in 1881. This is situated close by the magnificent Malaga Cathedral in the Plaza de la Merced and again has been renovated to its former status. Opened in 1988, there are exhibition rooms as well as pictures and a view of how life was for the artist in his early years living in Málaga.

Picasso lived here on the first floor which was rented by his father from 1882 1883. Although they moved, it was not until 1891 that the family moved to Galicia where his father was offered employment.

Back to the museum, this has become an important research centre as well as a monument to the life and work of this incredible artist. It is also the headquarters for the Picasso Foundation. On the ground floor there is a spacious exhibition hall where one can see many interesting artefacts right from the beginning of his reign. Up to the first floor, there are many works exhibited not only by the artist but also by his father José Ruiz Blasco. Throughout the building there are many personal mementos of the Picasso family, particularly on the third floor where there is an expensive amount of material on the artist, his culture and his paintings and sculptures etc.

Apart from his many prints and ceramics, one can see much of his graphic art during the 40 years from 1931 to 1971. Together with some 3500 examples of contemporary art exhibited by over 200 other artists, this makes up much of the Foundation whose aim is to acquire more artworks each year eventually amassing the complete collection of Pablo Picasso’s graphic art under one roof to show in detail his different techniques and periods in sequence. Apart from the Picasso story, this old town of Malaga offers an incredible array of other unforgettable sights to be seen and really does make a day in the city unforgettable. CarGest, the leading car hire company in Málaga, is proud to be associated with this world famous artist.

 

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