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Picasso Museum in Malaga Guide

The Picasso Museum in Malaga is one of the highlights in the city and a must-visit for anyone interested in art. Since it opened in 2003, it has renewed its permanent exhibition several times. Read on to discover what’s new in 2024 at Andalusia’s most-visited museum.

A bit of background to the Picasso Museum in Malaga

Picasso, born in Malaga in 1881, always expressed the desire to have a home for his works in his native city. However, he never lived to see a museum that didn’t come until 2003.

When the museum opened in 2003, it transformed the city and was the first step in Malaga’s bid to become a serious tourist destination. As a result, for most people, the Picasso Museum in Malaga draws the line between the old Malaga and the new.

one of the works at the Picasso Museum

Since its inception, the museum has been a fitting tribute to the greatest artist of the 20th century. Not for nothing was the Picasso Museum in Malaga the most visited museum in Andalucia last year.

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Structures of Invention

But no museum should rest on its laurels. Even less so when it’s dedicated to Picasso, a prolific artist whose works run to tens of thousands. So it’s fitting that the Picasso Museum in Malaga has welcomed a whole new collection.

Paul on a donkey

In March 2024, the Museum welcomed 141 new works by Picasso, including paintings, sculptures and ceramics. 10 of these works are on show for the first time in Spain. The exhibition calls itself the Structures of Invention, in reference to the artist’s prolific creativity.

Expect to see exquisite sketches, touching portraits, thought-provoking paintings and the world’s greatest exponent of Cubism.

What’s in the exhibition

The Picasso Museum has also given its structure a new look. The 11 rooms that make up the permanent exhibition take on different themes throughout Picasso’s 80-odd years of creating art.

This time, the exhibition doesn’t follow a straight chronological line, but finds common strands throughout Picasso’s work and combines them in the same room.

Room 1

The collection is called Unity of Picasso’s all-consuming creativity. It contains a portrait of Picasso’s sister (Lola with a doll) painted in 1896, next to Niño, a giant sculpture dating from 1960, illustrating the theme of childhood that runs through his work.

All the other 10 rooms at the main exhibition in the Picasso Museum in Malaga take a similar stance, although after Room 1 the works follow Picasso through his life.

Room 2

Young Picasso, Tradition and Revolution. We liked the juxtaposition here of a Portrait of a Bearded Man (1895) and Head of a Man (1972), two paintings that are over 75 years apart in Picasso’s career, but so obviously by the same artist.

Room 3

Harmony of Opposites. A fascinating look at how Picasso combined Cubism and Classicism, often in the same painting.

Three Picasso paintings combining cubism and classicism

Don’t miss

The audio guide included in the admission price. The English version is good.

Room 4

Classical Women. Picasso rarely painted portraits of women he knew (the two lovely paintings of Olga are an exception) but preferred to show them as representatives.

Room 5

Transformation of Mind and Body. Surrealism takes centre stage here and the exhibition explains how Picasso was both the engine behind the movement and influenced hugely by it.

Room 6

A Boiling Cauldron of Creativity. Between the two World Wars, Picasso merged Cubism, Classicism and Surrealism to extraordinary effect.

Glass and Pipe by Picasso

Room 7

Surviving the Two World Wars. How Picasso expressed the atrocities in his work.

Room 8

Postwar Revival – testing everything. In 1946, Picasso moved to the south of France and began a retrospective of his own work.

Don’t miss

The giant photos of Picasso’s studios throughout the exhibition. You get a real feel for the hive of activity inside them.

Room 9

Living the Mediterranean. Picasso’s ceramics take pride of place here and the collection explores how he drew on influences from Greek and Roman ceramics for his own work.

Room 10

A Final Summation. Perhaps the most poignant room, this one looks at Picasso’s final years and includes six works from the exhibition that opened just after his death. The pieces here are the most obviously Spanish.

Mini-exhibitions

The exhibition contains five smaller collections that focus on specific parts of Picasso’s work:

  • Picasso’s relationship with African sculpture.
  • His painting on work.
  • Plaster sculptures during the 1930s.
  • Life in Paris during World War II.
  • The UNESCO Mural in Paris

These mini-exhibitions are all curated by Picasso experts and place the spotlight on one area of his work.

The Palace

The magnificent Palacio de Buenavista is itself one of the finest monuments in the city centre and a fitting venue for the Picasso Museum in Malaga. Its rooms with their lovely high-vaulted ceilings provide a stunning backdrop to all Picasso’s works.

Don’t miss

The wood-carved and tiled ceilings. The one at the top of the stairwell is the most spectacular but they’re all worth raising your eyes for!

Our highlights of the new collection

  • The two portraits of Paul – both moving tributes to Picasso’s son.
  • The Three Graces – one of the largest artworks at the Picasso Museum in Malaga and its black and white composition isn’t unlike Guernica.
  • The wood paintings – all the works here are stunning.
  • The talent – even the weirdest compositions showcase Picasso’s extraordinary skills as an artist.

Don’t miss – the archaeological excavations in the basement uncovered when the Picasso Museum in Malaga was being restored. See Phoenician, Roman and medieval walls.

Need to know Picasso Museum in Malaga

Opening Times

The museum opens daily 10am to 7pm (6pm November to February and 8pm in July and August).

Admission prices

The permanent collection costs €13 at the museum and €12 if you book online. Children under 17 get in free.

Free entry on Sundays two hours before closing time and also on 28 February (Andalusian regional day), 18 May (International Museum Day), 27 September (World Tourism Day) and 27 October (Picasso Museum Anniversary).

Other exhibitions

As well as its permanent exhibition, the Picasso Museum also has regular temporary exhibitions, all with a Picasso-related theme. For more information about what’s on when you’re visiting Malaga, check out our what’s on in Malaga round-up.

Museum Shops

The Picasso Museum has two shops – the one at the back entrance is slightly larger. They sell an excellent range of postcards and posters from the exhibitions, Picasso-related books and souvenirs all with a Picasso theme.

Café

There’s a café serving drinks and snacks, with seats outside in the lovely patio. This is one of the quietest spots in central Malaga and a great place to enjoy a coffee in the sunshine.

Accessibility


The museum is fully accessible, with lift access to the first floor and basement.

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