Photo: Picasso Museum (Barcelona)
Barcelona’s Picasso Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an exhibition of the Spanish master’s work and documents belonging to Jaume Sabartes, personal secretary and friend to the artist, and the moving force behind the museum.
The museum was founded thanks to the efforts of Sabartes, the artist’s wife, Jacqueline, the people of Barcelona and the northeastern Spanish city’s government, exhibition curator Silvia Domenech said.
The work of all these people made possible Picasso’s dream of having “a monographic museum in the city that he loved so much” and played a role in his formative years, Domenech said.
The exhibition, which runs from March 9 to June 9, includes drawings, etchings and documents that show “Picasso’s links to Barcelona, the story of how the museum was created and the museum’s layout,” Domenech said.
Pablo Picasso, who was born in Malaga on Oct. 25, 1881, and died in Notre-Dame-de-Vie, France, on April 8, 1973, had a long relationship with Barcelona, where his family moved in 1895 and he lived until 1904, creating an art circle and establishing friendships that lasted until the end of his life.
He met Sabartes in 1899 and hired him as his personal secretary on his return from a trip to the Americas in 1935.
The museum’s construction, which was supervised by Picasso himself from France, was costly and long.
The Picasso Museum finally opened its doors on March 9, 1963, with the collection that Sabartes donated to the city of Barcelona.