28th September 2023
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The links between Rusiñol and Picasso are celebrated in new Sitges exhibition

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso, with dozens of exhibitions, activities and events to celebrate the legacy of the artist.

Sitges was also one of Picasso’s favourite haunts. In the Museums of Sitges there there are six works on permanent display by the painter who was born in Málaga.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, the Sitges Museums – in collaboration with the Picasso Museum in Barcelona – have scheduled a set of activities to illustrate his links with the town and the relationship he had with Santiago Rusiñol.

The commemoration of the Year of Picasso in Sitges highlights the direct links that Picasso had with Sitges in two phases of his life: on the one hand, at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries – when he visited on several occasions, thanks to his friendship with the artist Carles Casagemas – and in the 1930s, after the death of Rusiñol who he met decades before, when he returned to visit the Cau Ferrat, which was being adapted to open as a public museum.

The main activity of the commemoration takes the form of an exhibition, made up of 29 works by Picasso, of which nine come from the Barcelona museum, some from private collections, and it also includes five of the six works that Rusiñol acquired in his day, and which are part of the collection of the Cau Ferrat Museum.

Also on display are reproductions of Picasso drawings obtained from periodical magazines and publications from the time, and of which, in some cases, the originals are unknown. There are also two drawings from the Musée National Picasso in Paris. All these set the scene for a unique exhibition with works that are rarely on display.

The exhibition runs from 2 June until 24 September at the Museu Maricel and is accompanied by other parallel activities, including cultural routes, conferences and workshops. Click here for the full programme of events.

Emmanuel Guigon, director of the Picasso Museum and Ignasi Domenech, head of collections at Sitges Museums.

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