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Why was a museum dedicated to Pablo Picasso in Malaga?

Museo Picasso Málaga was created in response to Pablo Picasso’s own desire for his work to be exhibited in the city where he himself was born on 25th October, 1881. The museum was created thanks to Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, the artist’s daughter-in-law and grandson, whose donations constitute the core of the collection. It was also made possible thanks to the efforts of the Junta de Andalucía, which coordinated the major project of setting up a museum devoted to the artist whose styles and techniques changed the course of modern art.


How did the idea of a museum devoted to Picasso come about?

The initial idea for the museum arose in 1953 as a result of the contact between Pablo Picasso and Juan Temboury Álvarez, who was the Provincial Delegate for Fine Arts in Malaga. However, the project fell through shortly afterwards. Christine Ruiz-Picasso, the widow of the artist’s eldest son, Paul Ruiz-Picasso, resumed contact with Malaga in 1992 during the exhibition Picasso Clásico (Classic Picasso), and again in 1994 during the exhibition Picasso, primera mirada, (Picasso, the first glimpse). In 1996, she rekindled the 1953 project and 50 years later, on 27th October 2003, the Museo Picasso Málaga was officially opened by Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain.


Is it a public museum or a private museum?

The Museo Picasso Málaga is governed by the Fundación Museo Picasso Málaga. Legado Paul, Christine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, which holds full legal and beneficial title of the Collection and the Museum holdings and is owner of the Palacio de Buenavista, the institution’s headquarters.

The aim of the Fundación Museo Picasso Málaga. Legado Paul, Christine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso is to ensure that the work of Pablo Picasso is conserved, exhibited, studied and circulated. It considers the Museo Picasso Málaga a centre for cultural and social projection and promotion which people will visit not only to enjoy their heritage but also to be participants in learning activities and the beneficiaries of cultural services.


Why is the museum in a palace?

This renaissance building with Mudejar elements, not only presents undeniable historical and artistic value, but also enjoys a strategic location in Malaga’s historic city centre. Diego de Cazalla, paymaster of the royal arms, began building it between 1516 and 1542. The Palacio de Buenavista was declared National Monument in 1939. It is equipped with the facilities and services required of a modern museum, such as library and archives, education centre and auditorium in a total surface of 89.340 square feet. Moreover, the subsoil of the palace is an archaeological site. 

This complex project involving planning, designing, re-modelling and adaptating the building was carried out by the architectural studio of Gluckman Mayner Architects and Cámara/Martín Delgado Arquitectos. The project received an award from the American Institute of Architects in January 2006.


How many artworks make up the MPM collection?

There are 233 works in MPM Collection. Since March 2017, the Collection is complemented by a selection of 166 works from the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte (FABA).


The Palacio de Buenavista houses Museo Picasso Málaga’s permanent collection. The visit through the art rooms reveals how the artist’s work stretched over a period of time. It also points out its intrinsic versatility and the cyclical nature of his artistic investigations, drawing attention to his constant vocation for exploring the expressive possibilities of any medium.