The old Picasso Museum, which was Picasso’s Birthplace, is found in the heart of the historic centre of Málaga city, a lovely hour’s drive away from Casa La Celada. Situated in the most beautiful surroundings of the Plaza de la Merced, alongside the Roman Theatre, Gibralfaro Castle with its stunning city views and the Alcazaba Arabian fort and Archaeological Museum, Picasso’s “Casa Natal” or birthplace is also just a couple of minutes’ walk from the stunning Málaga Cathedral near the Cervantes Theatre and the new Picasso Museum.
Picasso’s home was given official heritage site status in 1983 having been built in 1861 by the artist’s father, José Ruiz Blasco. In 1998 the building was taken over by and still houses the Picasso Foundation who seek each year to increase the extraordinary collection of his and many other artists’ works making this house an extraordinary Picasso Museum.
There are more than 3,000 examples of contemporary art exhibited by over 200 artists, including works from : Miró, Christo, Bacon, Brossa, Ernst, Tápies, Chillida, Plensa, Dokoupil, Guinovart, Matta, Moore, etc. Many contemporary Malaga artists from the 1950’s to the present day are represented, including; Barbadillo, Brinkmann, Peinado, Stefan, Joaquín de Molina, Robert Harvey, Diego Santos, Carlos Durán, Bola Barrionuevo, Chema Lumbreras, Joaquín Ivars y Rogelio López Cuenca.
This extraordinary house and Picasso Museum is well worth a visit during a day trip to Málaga. The opening hours are Monday to Sunday from 9.30 to 20.00, closed on Bank Holidays. Admission is usually 1€.