Picasso route

outstanding figure as an artist and as a man, Picasso was inimitable actor and creator of the various currents that revolutionized the visual arts of the twentieth century, from cubism to neofigurative sculpture, of engraving or etching the ceramic craft or art for ballets. His immense work in numbers, in variety and talent it extends over more than seventy-five years of creative activity, the painter who combines wisdom with love, politics, friendship and an exultant and infectious enjoyment of life. Famous from youth, admired and sought after by the famous and powerful, It was essentially a simple Spanish, healthy and generous, equipped with a formidable workability, in love with the bohemian neighborhoods of Paris, of the sun of the Mediterranean, Bulls, simple people and beautiful women, hobby cultivated without fainting.

Then, Road shows Picassiana, where you can learn about the life and work of Pablo Picasso, discover the family and artistic environment of his early years in the closest way and understand the development of his personality.

  1. Picasso birthplace.
    Address: Plaza de la Merced, 15
    Schedule: Monday through Sunday, from 9.30 a 20.00 h.
    Phone: 951 92 60 60
  2. St. James Church
    Address: Granada street, 78
    Schedule: From Monday to Saturday, from 9.00 a 13.00 h y 17.00 a 20.00 h.
    Sundays, from 10.00 a 13.00 h y 17.00 a 20.00 h.
    Phone: 952 21 96 61
  3. Old Municipal Museum of Málaga
    Address: Calle San Agustin
    (next to the Picasso Museum)
  4. School of Fine Arts of San Telmo
    Address: Constitution Plaza, 3
    Timetable: Monday through Friday 18.00 a 21.30 h.
    Phone: 952224002
  5. Colegio San Rafael
    Address: street Comedies
  6. El Perchel
    Address: downtown district, The neighborhood Perchel
  7. Port of Malaga and historic center
  8. Bullring Malagueta
    Address: Paseo Reding, 8
  9. Picasso gardens
    Address: Avenida de la Aurora
  10. Picasso museum
    Address: Buenavista Palace,
    Calle San Agustin, 8

To begin our journey on the right foot, We start taking any hot drink at one of the many cafes in the area near the Plaza de la Merced.

Our first visit will be the birthplace of Picasso (1).

We start from the number 15 Plaza de la Merced where it born in 1881 Pablo Picasso, the most important painter of the twentieth century. Declared Historical and Artistic Monument of National Interest in 1983 The Casa Natal Museum began occupying the first floor until today housing the entire building. further, since 2005 It has another exhibition hall in the number 13 Plaza de la Merced.

The property is located in the architectural complex known as Casas de Campos where they lived Don Jose Ruiz Blasco and Maria Picasso, Pablo Ruiz Picasso parents.

then, and just 2 minutes, we find the St. James Church (2), which it is the oldest Christian church in Málaga. It was constructed in 1.490 on an old building Muslim, of which he took the original facade, which keeps its central door Mudéjar. This monument is listed as a Cultural. It houses works of great value and Alonso Cano Niño de Guevara, as well as two of the most revered images of Holy Week: Virgin Love and of Jesus Rico.

The famous painter from Malaga Pablo Ruiz Picasso was baptized in this church 1.881. At present, They may be the birth of the artist and the stack where the painter received his baptism.

A few 10 minutes, we found the Old Municipal Museum Malaga (3), which was one of the places where Picasso learned from his father the good offices of painting. Jose Ruiz was curator of the Municipal Museum and had installed there his workshop. The museum space was located in the Convent of San Agustin in the historic center next to the Palacio de Buenavista, Current headquarters of the Museo Picasso Malaga. The Malaga artist remembered this stage of his father on many occasions with great affection. "A piece like any other, without special conditions; a little dirtier, Just in case, that I had at home; but there it was quieter ... ", He confessed the painter. She accompany the child's father sometimes, and learn routines and secrets of the art of painting. In the Picassian Route that we offer you, it is very important that you do not skip this point where the artist's small eyes were nourished by the drawing techniques of his father.

To continue, we will make a longer journey to reach the School of Fine Arts of San Telmo (4) where the father of Picasso, José Ruiz Blasco, he taught drawing.

The building now houses the city Atheneum. Definitely, This was the first contact via Pablo Picasso with classical studies was that his father instilled to him from small. Although he never make any progress at this location, the influence of this school was always present in his evolution as an artist. Do not overlook this construction with history and enjoy its elegant interior style mannerist.

Another place you must visit if you want to learn about the daily life of the little Pablo Picasso is the street Comedies, where was located the College of San Rafael (5). It was a secular and modern school, although the painter in his childhood he liked not attend class. Legend has it that sometimes objects took his father to the classroom so that he had to go in the middle of the day to pick them up. He said feeling sick not to go to school and to stay close to his father at the School of Fine Arts. Currently there is no school but is pleasant take a walk through one of the typical streets of Malaga and lead to the Church of the Martyrs. An area with much trade craft that ran every day puerile Picasso.

El Perchel (6) o Percheles is a neighborhood of Malaga which is currently located in the downtown district but it was not always, as initially supposed the first settlement of the capital periurbano. The current name comes from the industry that the area made famous by drying the fish, which they were used for hangers or sticks. Here resurface part of the roots of Picasso, because his maternal grandmother, Inés López Robles, He belonged to a humble family of barrileros. In one of the writings that Picasso himself made you can read: “(…) I was born of a mother daughter of a fifteen year old daughter born in Malaga in the Percheles, the beautiful bull that my jasmine-crowned forehead begets me ”. Do not hesitate to take a tour of this traditional neighborhood of Malaga that was named in Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes himself.

The influence of the port and the historic center of Malaga (7) in the work of the artist it is latent, although he had to leave town ten years. As a child he painted "View of the port of Malaga" reflects the sea where he was born. You can visit this enclave with sailor smell and then dive deeper into the historic center of the city to decipher the bowels of the malagueño spirit that invaded the artist throughout his life and reflecting on Cubist works typical still lifes Andalusian and flamenco dancers. Calle Granada you can buy bottles of wine both as Malaga Ojen (who he depicted in several paintings) and stop by the gardens of the Plaza de la Marina to see the sculpture of El Cenachero, fisherman in his cenacho had fresh fish by the city to sell and Picasso also reflected in his work. Breathe the air of this city with charisma and take a break from your Route Picassiana in the Plaza de la Merced to see how the birds flit, animals that the painter saw every day from his window and that he reflected so much in his paintings and drawings.

At this point, it's time to take a break and enjoy the environment, people and various shops in the area.

Here we can use to buy some detail or eat at one of our restaurants recommended.

Once we return to our route, visit the bullring Malagueta (8), where Picasso began painting since childhood and just eight years, after a bullfight, and under the advice of his father painted "Little Digger", his first painting to the oil. Bullfighting was always present in his work and Malagueta is the bullring where he went with his father since childhood to enjoy the art of bullfighting. On this route you have to get close to this style bullring where neomudéjar, among other celebrations, It should be noted at Easter the "Corrida Picassiana" in honor of the Malaga-born artist.

A Picasso have dedicated streets, squares and monuments throughout the Malaga geography. One of most important points of the capital of the Sun Coast named this universal artist are Jardines de Picasso (9), located where once the textile factory once stood Aurora. They are more than 16.000 square meters full of greenery where you can walk peacefully and to remember the cubist painter. Here you will find several examples of ficus that are among the largest in Europe.

Located in the Palace of Bellavista in Malaga is the Museo Picasso Malaga (10). This space responds to the desire of Pablo Picasso that his work was present in the city where he was born. The 285 gathers works from the museum's collection, They are the result of the transfer of the heirs of the artist. This museum space includes the revolutionary innovations of Picasso, as well as the wide variety of styles, materials and techniques that dominated. From the first academic studies to his vision of classicism, through the overlapping planes cubism, ceramic, his interpretations of the great masters and the latest paintings of the seventies. In the Picassian Route that we propose you could not miss this inescapable enclave.

Between Piers 1 Y 2 we visit The Pompidou Center Málaga (18) to experience modern art and contemporary. We continue on the Dock 2, boulevard become the name of The Palm of Surprises. A nice area to walk and relax where among other facilities, find the museum Alborania (19). Classroom of the Sea, which it offers a unique interactive experience to discover the extraordinary marine wildlife of the Alboran Sea.