Exposició Picasso i les joies d’artista
Colocación de la placa del Museu Picasso. Barcelona, c. 1963. Fondo documental del Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Fotografía de Hernández

The medieval buildings which house the Museu Picasso have undergone various architectural interventions over the years. Currently work on heritage rehabilitation is being carried out to stabilise the construction materials originally used. Work will be done in four of the museum’s courtyards, with the goal of finishing the work in a year.

The museum is working to ensure that all activities planned for the upcoming months can be carried out in habitual fashion, with the idea of reducing the impact of this rehabilitation work on the visiting public. We also seek to offer detailed information on the project, which will be carried out in all of the museum’s courtyards. We have relied on the views of various experts who have made this rehabilitation possible: the director and the lead restorer of the construction team, as well as the group of historians who have been studying the architectural features. Meanwhile, following is a brief historical note along with various period photographs.


Jaume Sabartés, who was a friend and personal secretary of Pablo Picasso, donated his collection of Picasso’s works to the city of Barcelona. He was motivated by the fact that Picasso himself had promised to make other donations, with a mind to creating the Museu Picasso in the city of Barcelona.

The mayor of the time, José María de Porcioles, along with Barcelona City Council and the Museums Council, gave their support to the project to create a museum dedicated to Picasso, which had been presented by Sabartés, the notary public Raimon Noguera and other close friends of the artist. On 27 July 1960, the city officially agreed to the constitution of the “Pablo Ruiz Picasso monographic museum”.

Josep Maria Porcioles, acompañado del concejal Josep Blajot y del director de los Museos de Arte de Barcelona, Joan Ainaud de Lasarte en la inauguración del Museu Picasso de Barcelona, 9 de marzo del 1963. Fondo documental del Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Fotografía de Suárez

While this was happening, Barcelona City Council was actively seeking to revitalise the Ribera neighbourhood, where Picasso had lived during part of his time in Barcelona. The municipality purchased two medieval buildings on Montcada Street to dedicate them to activities of public interest. This is how, in 1960, the rehabilitation work began on the Palau Berenguer d'Aguilar palace, at Montcada 15, with the idea of locating the Museu Picasso there. The key moment in the process of creating the Museu came about on 23 February 1970, when Picasso donated to the city the extremely valuable collection of his work still held there, which had been under the custody of his mother, his sister and her children. To properly house these collections, the City Council chose to expand the museum to the neighbouring building, the palace known as Palau Baró del Castellet.

Palacio Berenguer de Aguilar, Barcelona, 18 de mayo de 2009, Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Fotografía: autoría desconocida

Obras de rehabilitación del Palacio Berenguer de Aguilar. Barcelona, 1961-1963. Fotografía: J. Pi. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Fons Jaume Sabartés

Obras de rehabilitación del Palacio Baró de Castellet Barcelona, 2 de noviembre del 1970. Fotografía: Ramon Calvet. Museu Picasso, Barcelona

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