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. 2019 is the 138th 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 23 October and 3 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:
Exile and nostalgia
A new exhibition based around Picasso’s drawings and illustrations opens at the Fundación Picasso on 24 October. Exile and Nostalgia includes around 100 illustrations by Picasso and given to his friend, Eugenio Arias, also in exile from Spain during the 1960s. Most of the works have never been on public display before. Until 2 February 2020. Open daily 9.30am to 8pm. Combined ticket for Picasso’s house and exhibition €4.
The Fundación Picasso has free entry all day on Friday 25 October (Picasso’s birthday) between 9.30am 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. From 8 to 11pm, 2 actors portraying Picasso’s parents will receive visitors on the first floor and offer them anecdotes on the artist’s childhood.
Guitarist Samuel Diz plays Flores de España (Flowers of Spain) at a free concert in the Fundación Picasso on Saturday 26 October.
16th anniversary of the Picasso Museum
The Picasso Museum celebrates its 16th anniversary this year with several events based around the Picasso-Calder exhibition at the museum. Full details here. The museum also has open doors on Sunday 27 October with free entry all day.
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 10am to 7pm (6pm November to February). €8.
Happy Birthday Picasso!