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Museo Picasso Málaga has programmed a busy schedule of events for the next few months, offering many different ways for all kinds of public to enjoy the arts

Visual arts, classical music, theatre, jazz, philosophy, poetry, flamenco, architecture… Museo Picasso Málaga has programmed a busy schedule of events for the next few months, offering many different ways for all kinds of public to enjoy the arts: from children sitting down to watch their very first stage show, to people who want to know more about 20th-Century art and thought, to lovers of music and literature in their various different forms.

This programme of events serves to complement the Museo Picasso Málaga&rsquo";“s art programme, with the aim of making the Museum a vibrant cultural venue where people can relate to art and, via art, with each other, as well as of fostering critical thought and various forms of knowledge. It will also help them get to know MPM&rsquo”;"s different formats, areas and timetables. As from September, a total of 53 events will be taking place alongside the regular courses, workshops, guided tours and open nights.

POETRY AT THE PICASSO Poetry Readings Gardens of the Palacio de Buenavista. 9.00pm. September 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2010

In a joint project with the Centro Andaluz de las Letras, Museo Picasso Málaga will be hosting a series of poetry readings in September, with works by well-known Andalusian authors. The readings will be staged in the gardens of the Palacio de Buenavista, which is one of the most beautiful spots in Malaga.

Thursday, 9 September Justo Navarro, presented by Guillermo Busutil.

Thursday, 16 September Isabel Bono, presented by Juan Pardo Vidal.

Thursday, 23 September Aurora Luque, presented by Raúl Díaz Rosales.

Thursday, 30 September Pablo García Casado, presented by Julio César Jiménez.

Available seats: 50. Free entrance. Access through the MPM main entrance, on Calle San Agustín 8.


4th Cycle of Chamber Music MPM Auditorium. 9.00pm. September, 2010 &ndash";" May, 2011

For the first time ever, the MPM Auditorium will be venue for the Cycle of Chamber Music organized by the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, and which is now in its fourth edition. This is the first in a series of collaborative projects that will comprise five interesting concerts, with music by Ravel, Debussy, Mozart, Max Bruch and Penderecki. This year, the cycle will feature jazz for the first time, with works by Chick Corea and Fred Hersch. The predominantly avant-garde programme has been designed bearing in mind MPM&rsquo";"s desire to highlight innovative creative work.

21 September, 2010 The Alborán Quartet I Claude Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 II Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F major

16 November, 2010 Austri Musici I Bernhard H. Crusell Quartet in C minor with clarinet, Op. 4 II Krzysztof Penderecki (b. 1933) Clarinet Quartet

8 February, 2011 Arturo Serra Ensemble I Chick Corea (b. 1941) Children&rsquo";"s Songs Suite (selection) II Fred Hersch (b. 1955) Songs without Words Suite

22 March, 2011 Millennium Arts Trio I Jan Ladislav Dussek Trio Sonata Op. 34 No. 1 in E flat major

André Jolivet Pastorales de N&ouml";“el II Maurice Ravel Sonatine en trio Claude Debussy Children&rsquo”;"s Corner

24 May, 2011 Trío Kurtág I W. A. Mozart Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat major, K 498

Carl Reinecke Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Viola, in A major, Op.264

II Max Bruch Eight pieces for clarinet, viola and piano Op. 83

Tickets: 5 euros. Ticket sales online at

Solo Jazz at the Picasso MPM Auditorium. 9.00pm. November &ndash";" December 2010

This cycle sets the scene for a series of personal and artistic exchanges in which the profound imprint of the superlative Malaga-born artist meets the contemporary beat of a kind of music that shares with Picasso its contemporary, untameable and constantly evolving spirit. This connection was forged during the artists&rsquo";" own lifetime when, in 1973, he lent his name to, and provided a logo for Pablo Records, the record label set up by his friend the producer Norman Granz.

The convergence of these two creative spirits is highlighted today by a project showcasing the intimate relationship between women and the piano. This partnership has at times been ignored for political, social or cultural reasons, but - think Lil Hardin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mary Lou Williams or Carla Bley - to contemplate the history of jazz without it would be unforgiveable.

The MPM will be staging four concerts with this seductive theme. Four events featuring prominent female jazz pianists whose respective works are, like those of Picasso, breaths of fresh air, progress and commitment. Each of the concerts will provide a unique chance to see and hear these performers in the cosy and intimate MPM Auditorium. Because of its acoustics and size, the connection between the performers and the audience is one of the venue&rsquo";"s main attractions. This cycle is coordinated by jazz expert Salvador Catalán Romero.

Friday, 12 November Marilyn Crispell Inspired by Cecil Taylor and Thelonious Monk, Marilyn Crispell&rsquo";"s style has been driven by an investigative and asymmetric force, with a love of texture and space. Her sought-after recordings have been made on prestigious labels that include Leo, Black Saint and ECM, and in the company of colleagues such as Gary Peacock or Paul Motian.

Saturday, 13 November Geri Allen Gari Allen&rsquo";"s prolific contribution to jazz over the last few years has been acknowledged worldwide, and is the result of her active personality, associated with movements such as M-Base. Allen displays a precise synthesis between tradition and progress, technique and improvisation, to which colleagues such as Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette or the great Ornette Coleman, can all bear witness.

Friday, 26 November Myra Melford Defined by critic Francis Davis and the most gifted pianist/composer to emerge from jazz since Anthony David, Myra Melford possesses dynamic and avant-garde approach derived from her suties with her master, Don Pullen. Since 1991, she has led her own recording projects, which are always solid and imaginative, employing different formats that range from trios to piano solos, while continuing to pursue collaborative projects that have involved the likes of Dave Douglas, Mary Ehrich or Henry Threadgill.

Friday, 3 December Judith Berkson Soprano, pianist, accordionist and composer Judith Berkson is the most recently emerging artist in this cycle. Her classical studies combined with jazz teachings have defined an eclectic style that handles a Schubert lieder or a melody by Gershwin with the same intensity, although her own work always takes priority.

Tickets: 10 euros. Tickets on sale as from 6 September at: 902 36 02 95,, and the museum ticket office. Auditorium box office: one hour before each performance.


Toys of the Avant-garde MPM Auditorium. 8.00pm. October, 2010

To complement the temporary exhibition of the same name, this series of talks will examine specific aspects to do with the way in which the artists of the first half of the 20th century became interested in familiarizing children with the shapes and ideas of modern art. During the various different sessions, the expert guest speakers will look at the little-explored relationship between art and teaching, in the many projects aimed at children that appeared all over Europe during this revolutionary period.

Wednesday, 6 October Children at the Heart of Modern Utopia Carlos Pérez, Head of Exhibitions, Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración and la Modernidad (MuVIM) and co-curator of the Toys of the Avant-garde exhibition.

Thursday, 14 October Philosophical Games: children and the avant-garde Christopher Turner, author, art critic and editor of ICON Magazine.

Thursday, 21 October Working for the Future and Failing in the Present &ndash";" Sutnar for children. Iva Knobloch, Conservator, Prague Museum of Decorative Arts.

Thursday, 28 October Playing in the 19th century Juan Bordes, Sculptor, architect, professor and member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid.

Entrance is free until all seats are taken. To make access easier, you can pre-register and reserve a seat on UMA students who register for this seminar will be able to earn transfer course credits. In collaboration with the University of Malaga.

Avant-garde Utopias. Arts for another world MPM Education Department November, 2010

The acceptance of the avant-garde throughout the second half of the 20th century widely helped to underline the values of rejecting and destroying the modern legacy that these early 20th-century art movements had made their own, and which they used to oppose bourgeois aesthetics and ideology. They had to rediscover the component elements of designing and constructing a new world in order to achieve a human ideal. The seminar examines the specific profile of these avant-garde utopias, by discussing their written manifestoes and analysing their most significant works.

The seminar is coordinated by Luis Puelles, Lecturer of Aesthetics and Art Theory at the University of Malaga. With the collaboration of the University of Malaga.

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 November. From 5.00pm to 8.00pm. The Concept of Utopia. Artists and the Ideal City: from Plato to Modern Times. From Renaissance Utopias to the Revolution of 1789 and 19th-century Socialist and Positivist Engineering . Félix Duque. Professor of Philosphy, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 November. From 5.00pm to 8.00pm. The Imagery of Constructivist, Productivist and Functionalist-Rationalist Utopias. Geometric Asepsis and Communist Ideology. The New Rroles of Artists in the &ldquo";“New City&rdquo”;". Juan Luis Moraza. Artist and professor of sculpture at the University of Vigo Faculty of Fine Arts.

Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 November. From 5.00pm to 8.00pm. Machines and Techno-futurist Promises. The Utopias and Counter-utopias of Progress and Speed. Francisco Javier San Martín. Lecturer of Art History. University of the Basque Country.

Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 November. From 5.00pm to 8.00pm. The Surrealism-inducing Utopias of the New Subjectivity. The Subversion of Primitive Forces and Imagination as opposed to Perception. Utopia as a Liberation from the Norm. Luis Puelles Romero. Lecturer of Aesthetics and Art Theory at the University of Malaga…

Pre-registration: UMA website The 15 participants will be selected on the basis of their curriculum and order of registration.

Architecture, childhood and toys of the avant-garde MPM Auditorium. 8.00pm. November, 2010

From the extensive palette of themes and proposals that avant-garde architecture covered during the 20th century, some have served as a kind of &ldquo";“short&rdquo”;" or &ldquo";“folding&rdquo”;" common axis over this period of time. The avant-garde movements&rsquo";" aim was to revolutionize life by anticipating what was to come, and children, the very origins of complete human life, became &ndash";" albeit marginally &ndash";" the special focus of their investigations. Being a type of object that is laden with dreams, possibilities, affection and reasons, toys became the cherished and obsessive challenge.

From Picasso&rsquo";“s own inventions to the Smithsons&rsquo”;" clever ideas, from Bauhaus&rsquo";“s assembly machines to Le Corbusier&rsquo”;“s doors for children, from the &ldquo”;“jet-propelled&rdquo”;" objects of the Soviet Avant-garde to Aalto&rsquo";“s boats, everything points to it all having been a huge game for avant-garde artists. It was an approach that worked via constructivity, and the aim was for this constructivity to cover everything from the most basic items to people&rsquo”;"s entire living and working environment. Children and their kingdom of toys are a metaphor for an open and creative world. The seminar is coordinated by José Ramón Moreno, director of the Malaga School of Architecture.

Thursday, 11 November Growing up in the Century of Childhood. Scotland, Austro-Hungary and Scandinavia 1900-1920 Juliet Kinchin. Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

Thursday, 18 November Fréderic Migayrou. Director, Department of Architecture, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Thursday, 25 November Xavier Monteys. Architect and lecturer, Projects Department, Universitat Polit&egrave";"cnica de Catalunya, Barcelona.

Thursday, 2 December Nostalgic Future Takaharu Tezuka. Architect, Tezuka Architects. Lecturer at the University of Tokyo.

Entrance is free until all seats are taken. To make access easier, you can pre-register and reserve a seat on UMA students who register for this seminar will be able to earn transfer course credits In collaboration with the University of Málaga.

CHILDREN AT THE PICASSO A Boxful of Surprises MPM Auditorium October &ndash";" December, 2010

Art, poetry, theatre and dance are all brought together in Kids at the Picasso Museum &ndash";" A Boxful of Surprises, the Museo Picasso Malaga&rsquo";"s programme for families that will turn the MPM Auditorium into a place where children can discover, understand and grow up, in every sense of the word. These little theatrical gems have been designed for small-sized audiences, ranging from adults who love stories, to the smaller members of the household.

MPM is continuing with a project that began last spring, and which will bring to Malaga a new selection of four unique shows this autumn. Aesthetically ambitious, these shows encourage proximity, so that the actors can connect with an audience, who will be captivated by the magic of storytelling and by the beautiful settings in which the stories take place. This new season has been coordinated by our cultural manager, Nani Soriano.

Piedra a piedra. (Stone by Stone) El teatre de l&rsquo";"home dibuixat. Castellón de la Plana Sundays 10, 17 and 24 October. 12 noon and 1.30pm FETEN award 2008 for the best small-format show.

One day, when I was walking barefoot on the beach, I discovered that the ground was covered in stones. I began to classify them and keep them, like a precious treasure trove. If you look into them, you can see more than just a stone… Stone by Stone is aimed at awakening children&rsquo";"s imagination through inanimate objects, using a delightful story that conjures up emotions, memories and smiles.

Recommended age: from 2 to 6 years. Show lasts 30 minutes.

Le Petit Cirque. (The Little Circus) Compañía Laurent Bignot. Saint Paul d&rsquo";"Izeaux, France Sunday, 7 November. 12 noon and 6.00pm

Le Petit Cirque is a complex object used for making sounds. It&rsquo";"s made of wood, plastic, strings and springs, and it is very fragile. Just one breath can make it vibrate. Le Petit Cirque is a circus. It is dangerous to use - you could fall at any time. It is a sound circus, a bit like a musical theatre. It is also a theatre of hand-made or salvaged objects, which cost next to nothing - but it is not based on anecdotes. Sounds find their source of inspiration onstage. Actions feed sounds, and sounds trigger actions.

Recommended age: 12 years up Show lasts 30 minutes.

Circ-Cabaret (Circus Cabaret) Armando Risotto. TXO Titelles. Santa Maria de Palautordera, Barcelona Sundays 31 October, 14, 21 and 28 November. 12 noon Best puppet show, FETEN 2009

Armando Rissotto, a sensitive eighty-year-old gentleman who loves to cook, still works as a ring worker, ringmaster, and anything else that&rsquo";“s required. To give his variety show an original touch, he has decided to present it as if it were the menu of a great banquet. The artistes who parade around the ring are exactly the right ingredients for this special menu: the rapid, sparkling motorcyclist”;" the cheeky, protesting singer-songwriter";" the mysterious magician who is good at almost everything";" the silky voice of the beautiful, sensual female singer";" the vertiginous twirling of the trapeze artist and, just like in the olden days, a brief pause in the show for the act the Circus-cabaret director most looks forward to: the Ham Raffle!

Recommended age: 6 years up. Show lasts 50 minutes.

El Circo Submarino. (The Underwater Circus) Onírica Mecánica. Madrid Sundays 5, 12, 19 and 26 December. 12 noon and 6.00pm World Premier

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Roll up, roll up, to our humble underwater circus! The circus that has word-trapeze artists, air thieves, clown-men, magicians who can make forests disappear, wild humans… An entire catalogue of strange creatures: the Man who Knows Everything, the Ice Woman… Beings that once wandered the earth.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the greatest show of underwater failures, the circus of forgotten people &ndash";" the Underwater Circus is a surprising display of objects, puppets and automata, with an MC and two underwater puppeteers. It&rsquo";“s a family circus, where the only animal is the human being! Take a deep breath &ndash”;" the show&rsquo";"s about to begin! Two hundred metres under the sea!

Recommended age: 6 years up Show lasts one hour. Tickets: 4 euros Tickets on sale as from 6 de September: 902 36 02 95, and Museum box office. Auditorium box-office: one hour before the performance

FLAMENCO AT THE PICASSO Illustrated talks MPM Auditorium. 9.00pm. December 2010 &ndash";" April 2011

Flamenco performers themselves have often been the heroes responsible for the divulgation, conservation and transmission of an art which, until recent times, has been almost entirely an oral tradition. Their names have remained embedded in people&rsquo";“s memory, urging flamenco on down the centuries: from the singer of the first &ldquo”;“tonás&rdquo”;“, Tío Luis de la Juliana, from Jerez, who was first heard of in the year 1775, to Argentinita, Vicente Escudero, Sabicas, Antonio, Luisa Triana… right down to the great &ldquo”;“figuras&rdquo”;" or flamenco stars of today.

In this new edition of Flamenco at the Picasso, they are the stars, the Names who have made up the history of flamenco, and which are part of the sentimental education of all those who love this art. This series of illustrated talks is coordinated by Marta Carrasco, dance critic and historian, and Fernando Iwasaki, author and director of the Cristina Heeren Foundation for the Art of Flamenco, with which MPM is collaborating in this series of talks.

Friday, 5 November Official opening of the cycle, with a special guest speaker: dancer and bailaor Roberto Ximénez, partner of La Argentinita and Pilar López. The talk will be presented by Marta Carrasco and Fernando Iwasaki. The bailaor Andrés Marín, will perform to an accompaniment of bells played by Lloren&ccedil";" Barber.

Friday, 10 December Talk on Naranjito de Triana and his personal style, by Pepa Sánchez. Performance by the cantaora Virginia Gámez

Friday, 4 February Talk on The &ldquo";“cajón&rdquo”;" that Paco de Lucía brought back from America: Manolo Soler, by Fernando Iwasaki. Performance by El Choro (Huelva)

Friday 4 de marzo Talk on El cojo de Málaga, by author Alfredo Taján. Performance by Rocío Bazán.

Friday 15 abril. 9.00pm Talk on La Argentinita, by Luisa Triana and Marta Carrasco. Performance by Rocío Molina.

Tickets: 5 euros Tickets on sale as from 6 de September: 902 36 02 95, and Museum box office. Auditorium box-office: one hour before the performance

Related Exhibition

Toys of the Avant-garde