Art Museums

Barcelona’s Picasso Museum

We really had no choice about going to the Picasso Museum since he is one of my favorite artists (and because Paris’ Picasso Museum was not open when we were there last Sept). The museum’s collection specializes in the art from Picasso’s formative years in Barcelona, starting in 1895 at age 14 until he left for Paris in 1905. The art here is not generally what you know about his work, but gives a view into his early serious paintings.

No photography is allowed inside, but you can get a gist of the collection here.

I think that my favorite part of the museum was the wall of paintings of pigeons through his window at Cannes.

Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 3.50.32 PMNot only do I like the pictures, but I like the idea of variations on a theme. It has given me the idea to do the same thing with a piece of music I composed at the beginning of this sabbatical. It’s a short piece for recorder ensemble, an impressionistic musing on the clouds I see through my window here. Now I want to make 2-3 or more pieces which are related to the first and would make a small suite.

In the same vein, the Picasso Museum has many of the works from Picasso’s Las Meninas Cycle which you can see here. Click on the two small pictures to see how the museum, while remodeled, incorporates parts of the original structure into the new building.

Here is a photo I took in the courtyard of the museum, and then a photo of some of the buildings right next door. This quarter of the city is old, yet is quite trendy and hip.

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Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres

You hear the name Salvador Dalí and you immediately think of dripping clocks and empty drawers and a giraffe on fire, right? That’s what I learned about his surrealism in my Art History class in college. Take the train from Barcelona out to the town of Figueres, close to the French border, and get a whole eyeful of a bunch of other absurd art at the Dalí Theater-Museum.

As you get off of the train, you don’t even need a map to the museum, a 10-minute walk away (if you take the slow train into town, as we did). Just follow the signs. I understand that in the high season one just needs to follow the stream of tourists.

The museum alternates between large spaces with an eclectic assortment of pieces and small rooms with more cohesive collections.


A sampling of smaller works to show a range of styles

We saw several groups of students. One was older students speaking French. One was this younger group with these adorable red hats.


There is not much in the town of Figures, so we didn’t stay long, but we did pass a large outdoor market.



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