Picasso Museum unveils 2024 season focusing on painter's deep ties to Catalonia

More than one million people visited the museum in 2023, 16% of them from Barcelona

Inauguration of the 2024 season of the Picasso Museum
Inauguration of the 2024 season of the Picasso Museum / Maria Pratdesaba
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February 15, 2024 04:54 PM

Barcelona's Picasso Museum on Thursday unveiled the program for its 2024 season, which will focus on the painter's "vital relationship" with Catalonia and its landscapes.

In 2023, the Picasso Museum commemorated the 50th anniversary of the painter's death, attracting more than one million visitors, 16% of them from Barcelona.

"We have increased the percentage of Barcelona visitors from 2.3% to 16%, and we want to keep this audience," said the museum's director, Emmanuel Guigon.

For the 2024 season, the museum aims to "strengthen its presence in the region" and in March it will present a joint exhibition with the Solsona Museum called "Picasso and Catalan Arts and Traditions".

"This will help us to be present in the region and promote the development of the future network of Picasso museums and centers," said the director.

Another highlight this year will be an exhibition opening in February that focuses on Catalan landscapes. It features images by Bernard Plossu that illustrate the places that inspired Picasso throughout his life, including Cadaqués, l'Horta de Sant Joan, Gósol and Barcelona.

Another major exhibition of the season is dedicated to Fernande Olivier, artist, writer and Picasso's partner from 1904 to 1912. This unique exhibition, which opens in June, will highlight the texts and documents that have traced the relationship between Olivier and the Malaga artist.

The museum will close the year with the exhibition 'From Montmartre to Montparnasse: Catalan artists in Paris'. It will present the works of Catalan creators and artists who lived and worked in Paris between 1889 and 1914, such as Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol or Lluïsa Vidal.

This year, the museum will also revamp the museography of its permanent collection with "more audiovisual elements" and inaugurate a restaurant on its premises.

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