New Picasso’s to arrive in Malaga

Many art aficionados and Picasso fans have been delighted to hear of the new acquisitions procured by Malaga’s Picasso Museo de Picasso.

After a flagrant Summer’ spending some 72 pieces have been picked up by the museum. Among them are 22 drawings and 46 paintings, spanning the whole of the artists illustrious and lucid career.
Also exciting the galley owners is the acquisition of four of the artist’s sketchbooks, which offer wonderful insights in to the artist development, his experiments with style and the formation of techniques.

This new collection has set the museum back a total of 2.75 million Euros and builds on an already staggering collection, now totalling at 233 pieces.
Now the museum offers an even more well rounded experience of Picasso’s work than ever before. The visitor is now invited to Picasso’s work as if its own world, you can experience a very big range of his vast range of style, glimmering through many periods of the prolific painter’s career.

Museum curator Jose Lobero believes that these new acquisitions and the impending reorganisation of the museum should really help visitors be able to appreciate the work of the Master painter. He remarked “Each spectator can become their own interpreter, and be the author of what they see.”
Some of the work has already been exhibited at the museum, but the museum’s metamorphosis really begins in October when 43 works acquired from the Almine and Bernand Ruiz Picasso Foundation will be introduced.

Recently visitors to the museum have been wowed by the exhibition of works from Czech painter, Frantisek Kupka, whose exhibition attracted 46,000 visitors, and was  described by some as life changing.
This influx in spending and acquisition at the Picasso Museum accompanies a 2.9 million facelift to Malaga’s city centre, as the Junta de Andalusia councillor for Tourism, Luciano Alonso, has outlined plans for a six month refurbishment of many of the streets surrounding the Picasso Museum.

The appearance of the area around the Museum is set to vastly improve, to make it more attractive to tourists. There are also plans for new unique street art that will have a budget of up to one million Euros. So far the streets set to be repaired are San Agustin, Cister, Duque de la Victoria and Molina Larios, yet there are plans to extend this regeneration further throughout the town.

Tourism is a vital industry in the Costa Del Sol, bringing millions of visitors a year who part with billions of Euros, and Malaga seems keen to invest in and maintain that market. This year has been a particularly good year for Spanish tourism as it has seen a rise in British holidaymakers, who have been returning to the region of Spain as an old favourite.

With the recession currently tightening the purse strings of many tourist, and an ever increasing vacation rental market, owners of Costa Del Sol villas, have found 2010 a particularly rich year.










The Museo Picasso Málaga was created in response to Pablo Picasso’s own desire for his work to be present in the city where he was born, on 25th October, 1881. The Museum was created thanks to the shared wishes of Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, the artist’s daughter-in-law and grandson, whose donations constitute the core of the MPM Collection, and to the efforts of the Autonomous Government of Andalusia, which coordinated the major project to set up a museum devoted to the artist whose styles and techniques changed the course of modern art.
The initial idea for the Museum arose in 1953, as a result of the contact between Pablo Picasso and Juan Temboury Álvarez, who was the Provincial Delegate for Fine Arts in Malaga. However, the project fell through shortly afterwards.

Christine Ruiz-Picasso, the widow of the artist’s eldest son, Paul Ruiz-Picasso, resumed contact with Malaga in 1992, on the occasion of the exhibition Picasso Clásico (Classic Picasso), and again in 1994, with the exhibition Picasso, primera mirada, (Picasso, the first glimpse). In 1996, she rekindled the 1953 project, which finally came into being, 50 years later, on 27th October, 2003, when the Museum was officially opened by Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain.

The 233 works in the MPM collection cover Picasso’s revolutionary innovations, as well as the wide range of styles, materials and techniques he mastered. From his earliest academic studies, to his personal take on the Classics; from the overlapping perspectives of Cubism, to his experiments in ceramics, and from his re-workings of the Old Masters, to his late paintings in the 1970s