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The Picasso Museum in Malaga enlarges and consolidates its collection

The commitment to the Picasso Museum on the part of Christine, Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, as well as the support provided by the Council of Culture of the Assembly of Andalusia, have made it possible for the Picasso Museum to increase its holdings of Picasso works from 155 to 233 pieces.

A total of six donations, 72 acquisitions and 43 temporary loans will be progressively added to the galleries of the Buenavista Palace during the course of 2010, thus enlarging upon the narrative discourse of the permanent collection of the Museo Picasso-Malaga Foundation. The Paul, Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Legacy. With the birth last December 2009 of the new foundation that controls the Picasso Museum in Malaga, the Museo Picasso -Malaga Foundation. The Paul, Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Legacy, a process began to increase the collection in 2010 through three basic means: donation, acquisition and temporary loans.

Picasso Museum in Malaga Spain: Acquisitions, donations and temporary loans

The Picasso Museum in Malaga has proceeded to acquire 22 drawings, 46 engravings and four illustrated books, for a total of 62 works of art encompassing different periods and techniques of Pablo Picasso. Six works by the Malaga artist—two drawings and four engravings—that were personal donations from Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso have also been added to the collection of the Picasso Museum in Malaga. This expanded permanent collection will be complemented next October by a temporary loan of 43 works by Pablo Picasso that would be impossible to acquire on the market but that will be available through a fifteen-year agreement with FABA (Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Foundation for the Arts). All this goes in parallel with the agreement by the Council of Government of the Assembly of Andalusia on December 26, 2007 to authorise the Council of Culture to make a fifteen-year financial commitment to the Picasso Museum, covering the period from 2009 through 2023.

Calendar and publications

The enlarged permanent collection of the Museo Picasso-Malaga Foundation. The Paul, Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Legacy imparts a new narrative discourse to the works presently on exhibit at the Buenavista Palace. Thus, late next March visitors to the Picasso Museum in Malaga will be able to view a selection from the whole of the new works of art in the art museum’s permanent collection and enjoy the new arrangement of the works in the galleries.

Malaga’s Picasso Museum is also working on a publication that will offer, guidebook style, a selection of the most important and representative works by Pablo Picasso in this collection. This book will be available to visitors this spring at the Picasso Museum bookshop. At the same time two new publications are being prepared that will cover and provide an in-depth study of the 233 works in the permanent collection of the Museo Picasso -Malaga Foundation. The Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Legacy as well as the assortment of long-term loans provided by FABA. Hopefully these publications will be printed and for sale by late this year. As a way of making known the scope and importance of this treasure, and what an enormous legacy this valuable collection is, the Picasso Museum in Malaga is preparing a series of activities and seminars directed at the citizens of Malaga.

The Assembly of Andalusia acquired the palace of Los Condes de Buenavista, a historic edifice of typical sixteenth century Andalusian lay architecture that combines Renaissance and Mudéjar features, to house the collection and thus be the site of the new museum. In addition to its unquestionable historical and artistic interest this building has the added advantage of its strategic location in the heart of the city of Malaga’s historical district. Pedro de Vitoria, or Victoria, a member of the court of the Catholic Monarchs, began construction on it in the late fifteenth century and it was completed by Diego de Cazalla, paymaster of the royal fleet, between 1516 and 1542. Buenavista Palace was declared a national monument in 1939.



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