6 Nov, 2010 @ 08:55
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A growing collection

COINCIDING with the 129th anniversary of the birth of the famous Spanish artist, the Picasso Museum in Malaga has revealed 43 new works.

Seven years after opening its doors in the Palacio de Buenavista, the museum now boasts a permanent collection of 276 pieces.

The new additions come on a 15 year loan from the Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Art Foundation, (FABA), created eight years ago by the Malaga painter’s grandson.

And some of the paintings and sculptures – including Woman outside a Dance Hall (1899) – are being shown in the gallery for the very first time.

In a new layout spread across 11 themed rooms, the stunning collection gives the viewer a rare glimpse into the trajectory of Picasso’s career which lasted for eight decades.

With pieces spanning the painter’s whole lifetime, from Girl with a Doll, dated 1896-1897, showing the work of a young
Picasso, barely 16 at the time, to his latest work: Seated Figure, dated 1971 painted when the artist was almost 90.

But according to the museum director, Jose Lebrero, the new layout moves away from “a chronological or formal approach” and gives the viewer “a lot more room to make their own routes” to appreciate the work of this “radical artist.”

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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1 Comment

  1. Cool – unseen Picasso paintings, that is definitely interesting. How is the weather in Malaga at this time of year? :) Picasso made such fun, colorful artwork its really wonderful to take some time to appreciate it. I wonder how much other unseen Picasso art there is.

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