The Picasso Foundation
Address: Pl. de la Merced, 15.
Phone: +34 952 06 02 15
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10.00-14.00 and 17.00-20.00, Sunday 11.00-14.00.
The Picasso Foundation - Native Home Museum is a public foundation that depends on the Malaga City Council and established on the 26th February 1988, under a decision of the City Council. Its head office was chosen as the very building where Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born on the 25th of October 1881, which is considered as a Historical-Artistic protected Monument since 1983. The building is part of the Spanish Museum System since 1991.
In August 1997, the whole building went through exhaustive renovations and the Foundation then took possession of all of it. The inauguration, presided by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, took place on the 22nd of June 1998. The Foundation is situated in Plaza de la Merced, in the very historic center of the city, near monuments such as the Alcazaba (Arabic castle), the Roman Theatre, the cathedral and a few minutes away from the Cervantes Theatre.
The building of the Picasso Natal House was built in 1861 by the architect Diego Clavero, and completed by Rafael Moreno and Gerónimo Cuervo, on unused ground left after the splitting up of the convent of Santa María de la Paz. The building is part of an urban structure known as Casas de Campos, in memory of its promoter, Antonio Campos Garín, marquee of Iznate.
The house was rented by José Ruiz Blasco, father of the artist, from 1880 to 1884, date in which they move from the nº36 (nowadays, nº15) to the third floor of nº32 on the same square. In 1891 the father obtains a job as a drawing professor in La Coruña, and consequently, the family moves to this city.
The artistic patrimony is composed of 3500 pieces representing a great range of 200 artists. This collection has been gathered through acquisitions and donations, among which we shall point out the donations on part of the artist's family.
It is composed by ceramics and graphic works of Picasso, that cover the period 1931-1971 and a wide selection of graphic works: Miró, Christo, Bacon, Brossa, Ernst, Tápies, Chillida, Plensa, Dokoupil, Guinovart, Matta, Moore, etc.
Contemporary malaguenian artists are also represented dating from the 1950's until today,such as Barbadillo, Brinkmann, Peinado, Stefan, Joaquín de Molina, Robert Harvey, Diego Santos, Carlos Durán, Bola Barrionuevo, Chema Lumbreras, Joaquín Ivars and Rogelio López Cuenca.
Every year, new acquisitions are made, with the principal goal to complete the graphic collection of Picasso and cover different times and techniques, not to mention all the other aspects of his work