Pablo Picasso only lived in Malaga for ten years of his nearly century-long life, but despite his short stay, the artist’s influence can be seen everywhere in the city. From the Picasso Museum to the Picasso-inspired souvenirs in the shops, Malaga and Picasso form an inseparable tandem.
Every year in October, special events celebrate his birthday (25th October) and the legacy of Picasso in Malaga. 2021 is the 140th anniversary of his birth – read our guide to what’s on this year in honour of one of the world’s greatest artists.
Celebrating Picasso in Malaga with doves
And dozens of them. One of the main events in Malaga to mark Picasso’s birthday are the doves down the façade of his birthplace. This year, the doves are multi-coloured paper creations and also decorate key buildings around La Plaza de la Merced. Look out for the flocks of doves between 21 October and 29 November.
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Other events celebrating Picasso in Malaga
This year’s programme of events celebrating Picasso’s birthday also a new exhibition, guitar concert and open doors at his birthplace:
The Fundación Picasso has free entry all day on Monday 25 October (Picasso’s birthday) between 9am and 8pm. The house, built in the late 19th century has several rooms with memorabilia from Picasso’s family, his father’s art studio and photos from Malaga in 1881.
18th anniversary of the Picasso Museum
The Picasso Museum celebrates its 18th anniversary this year with several events based around the Picasso exhibitions at the museum. Full details here. The museum also has open doors on Wednesday 27 October with free entry all day from 11am to 6pm (last entry at 5.30pm).
During the rest of the year, you can find Picasso:
- In the Plaza de la Merced on a bench outside his birthplace. He’s looking very relaxed – notice the flip flops.
- In front of the Cervantes Theatre in the form of a mural depicting 6 portraits of him throughout his life. Look more closely and you’ll see that the entire mural is made up of words in several languages about Malaga. We think this is a really unusual way of celebrating Picasso’s creativity.
- In the half hand, half dove sculpture in Calle Bolsa, off Calle Larios.
- And of course at the Picasso Museum. The permanent collection walks you through his artistic life from first paintings to later ceramics, a great way to trace the changes in his style and influences. Open daily 11am to 6pm. €8.
Happy Birthday Picasso!