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All about Picasso

Barcelona: 'where it all began'

All about Picasso

Pablo Ruíz Picasso was born in Málaga, Andalusia in 1881. When he was only 13 years old his family moved to Barcelona and he started attending Art lessons at La Llotja academy. The turn-of-the-century Barcelona had a flourishing cultural life as well as an industrial and political activity that most artists took part in. The Quatre Gats Café had just opened in 1897 and soon afterwards became the centre of artistic life with consecrated personalities such as Ramon Casas or Santiago Rusiñol. Art galleries like Sala Parés exhibited the works of those modern painters that Picasso admired so much.

This is the romantic atmosphere of the city Picasso was raised in. In 1904 he settled down in Paris but ‘Barcelona is where it all began’ according to the artist’s words. This is why in 1963 a museum was opened in this city with a great number of art works donated by Picasso and later on by friends and family members. The Picasso Museum offers an approach to the artist’s early academic works that confirm his incredible talent as a child and young adult as well as the great collection of ceramics and the entire series of Las Meninas inspired by Diego de Velázquez.

All about Picasso is the perfect art tour to discover the city where the artist was raised and visit the collection donated by him in a generous act to let the citizens and visitors of Barcelona know about his art. We will walk downtown through the sites where Picasso lived, studied, worked, exhibited and hanged around while he lived in this incredible city finishing with a detailed visit runned by an art expert of the permanent collection at the Picasso Museum located in el Born quarter.

Main sites covered in 2 hours 30 min – 3 hours:

  • Quatre Gats Café

  • Professional Association of Architecture – COAC
  • Sala Parés Art gallery

  • Avinyó St

  • La Mercé St and Basilica

  • La Llotja school of Art

  • Skip-the-line private visit to the Picasso Museum. Permanent collection

Not necessarily. We will visit sites in the most efficient and logical order, customized to take into account your hotel’s location, where you’d like the tour to finish, and the best timing to avoid crowds.

The tour takes place rain or shine. The weather in Barcelona is very pleasant and sunny most of the time and never extremely hot or cold. However, we do get occasional rain, mostly March to May and October to November. Check the weather forecast before the tour and be prepared to enjoy your time in Barcelona, rain or shine. And take into account that most of the tour will take place indoors, at the Picasso Museum.

A specific version of this tour can be offered for children and families. Please mention if there are children in your group so that we can adapt the itinerary and approach.

Yes, you can. We will plan the itinerary according to your needs.

The Picasso Museum closes on few holidays such as New Year’s and Christmas and on Mondays during low season. Sala Parés art gallery closes on Sundays all day. We will inform you about all the details when booking the tour.

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