I’m not normally into cubism or modern art, but I really admire this bloke and his work!
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My husband Zac and I had been having a wonderful day perusing the streets of Barcelona. I was particularly loving the part of the city called the Gothic Quarter due to its medieval streets, and narrow alleyways. My top bucket list item for the day was finding the Picasso Museum. However, with only a basic map from our lonely planet pocket guide (buy your copy here), we were struggling to navigate the intricate streets. Finally after as hour or so, we finally arrived at the Picasso Museum (MUSEO PICASSO). I first learned about this fantastic artist more than 25-years ago during my high school art class, and I always thought his work was brilliant, so to finally see some of his work in the flesh was really exciting.
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The queue to enter was ridiculously long, snaking up the entire laneway. I guess that’s what we get for choosing to go after 3 PM on a Sunday, as every man and his dog had turned up to take advantage of the free entry. Yep that’s right! Every Thursday evening between 6 PM to 9.30 PM as well as the first Sunday of every month from 3 PM onwards is free entry. It’s worth noting that the museum is closed on Mondays, just in case you’re only planning a short trip.
Picasso’s collection is housed across five large townhouses. I’ve always thought he was ahead of his time in many ways, and it’s interesting to me that I even like some of his later paintings, considering modern or contemporary art is really not my thing. Overall, I think it’s the rebel in him that speaks to me more than anything else. Despite being able to paint very well, he chose to change to a cubist style rather than conform with the masses, which allowed him to branch out and try new ideas. Some of my favourite paintings from this era include The Weeping Women (1937), Le Reve (1932), and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907). From his earlier non-cubist work, I really like his blue period, especially The Old Guitarist (1904).
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However, just as we arrived at the very popular Cubist section, fate stepped in to try and ruin my day! Earlier that day, we’d were walking around the fountains at PLAZA DE CATALUNA, where I encountered a women wearing the same dress as me! While admiring some awesome works, the “same-dress-women” from the Plaza strolled in right behind me! It blew my mind how oblivious she was. It was bad enough that I had to have her stand near me, making us both look ridiculous, but now, being in the Picasso museum, the confined space left me with nowhere to hide. Every time I walked into a new room, “same-dress-lady” was behind me! So I ended up skipping several rooms ahead and doubled back after I saw her leave. Cringe! Despite the embarrassment, I still found this museum a definite highlight of our trip.
Thanks for reading my blog post today on visiting the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. Despite not being able to take any photos inside of his amazing work, I hope I’ve convinced you to add this amazing museum to your itinerary. I’ve admired Picasso since starting high school when I first learned about him in art class, so I was super happy to be able to see his work in person. The area in which the museum is located is in the beautiful Gothic Quarter, which happens to be my favourite part of the city, if you would like to learn more about this wonderful area, check out my post: WHY YOU CAN’T MISS WANDERING THROUGH THE HISTORIC GOTHIC QUARTER IN BARCELONA, SPAIN!
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