Buenavista Palace houses a permanent collection showing eight decades of work by Pablo Picasso, who was born in Málaga in 1881. The collection conveys the rigor and creativity of an artist who is essential to understand the history of Western art. Further, temporary exhibitions delve into the artistic context, while the program of activities proposes many ways to enjoy the arts.
The Museo Picasso Málaga was born of the brilliant painter's desire to have an exhibition space in his hometown. Christine and Bernard Picasso, daughter-in-law and grandson of the artist, made this wish possible by providing the core of the collection.
The collection features 233 works that cover 80 years of the painter's work, from 1892 to 1972. In its 11 rooms, you can see how Picasso breaks with convention and breaks new creative ground. He is considered the most important artist of the 20th century. He was also a very versatile creator, as proved by works in several disciplines.
Subjects such as support for the most disadvantaged, family, familiar characters, everyday occurrences, are examples of what can be found in the work exhibited in Málaga. Among these we can single out some, such as "Mother and Child", "Composition", "Woman with arms raised", "Acrobat", "Olga Khokhlova with shawl" or "Insect".
Buenavista Palace, former seat of the Museum of Fine Arts, has enjoyed the status of a national monument since 1939. Its front façade is entirely of stone, a unique feature, and inside you can see a beautiful courtyard with arcades.During its rehabilitation as an art gallery, the Phoenician and Roman ruins that are now part of the museum were discovered.
The Museo Picasso Málaga, opened in October 2003, consists of this Renaissance building with Mudejar elements, and other architecturally modern buildings to complete the installations. In the centre we find the Fig Tree Patio, presided over by this beautiful fruit tree, leading to the library, shop and auditorium.