The city of Malaga dresses this 2023 in the Picassian style for the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death


The city of Malaga is preparing to live in 2023 the fiftieth anniversary of the death of its most universal genius: Pablo Ruiz Picasso. And for this, the Malaga City Council, through the areas of Culture and Tourism, together with the institutions linked to the artist, will carry out a series of activities to dress the capital in the purest Picasso style.

The program will be publicly announced this Tuesday at the Picasso Year Premiere, an event that takes place at the Cine Albéniz starting at 7:00 p.m., and includes scenery, dramatizations, and audiovisual resources. Curiosities about the artist’s life will also come to light, within the framework of an avant-garde and entertaining staging.

The mayor of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre, the councilors for Tourism and Culture, Jacobo Florido and Noelia Losada, respectively, as well as the artistic director of the Museo Picasso Málaga, dependent on the Junta de Andalucía, are scheduled to attend the event. Jose Lebrero; the managing director of the Public Agency for the Management of the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Birthplace and other museum and cultural facilities, José María Luna; and the General Director of Tourism of the Consistory, Jonathan Gómez.

It should be remembered that the City Council, through the mayor, is part of the National Commission for the Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of the painter from Malaga, Picasso Celebration 1973-2023. The Governments of Spain and France have developed a joint program that will include exhibition projects, academic conferences and events that will be held mainly in Europe and North America.

Thus, in the city of Malaga, on the occasion of this event, a multitude of activities have been organized, ranging from temporary exhibitions, through conferences, concerts, interventions, recreational activities, publications and tourist actions.

Within the preview of the programming that is going to be presented, it should be noted that the Tourism Department has planned a series of actions aimed at promoting the city and dressing it up in Picassian fashion on such a special occasion.

Specifically, didactic and tourist material aimed at children and a cultural agenda for families with children will be published, with the aim of bringing them closer to the painter’s work while they enjoy Malaga. There will be a free audio guide in the tourism application about the places that were part of Picasso’s life and a new signage will be created with the Picassian Route. All this will be gathered in a specific website, with all the scheduled activities and the offer related to Picasso.

There will also be Picassian gastronomic experiences, with the incorporation of dishes inspired by his work in the premises, and a photographic contest on the places of the painter’s childhood, and a traveling exhibition with the selected works. The Picassian bullfight that the city hosts every year at the August Fair is included.

In terms of technology, Malaga will be a pioneer in creating an immersive and technological virtual space for visitors to enjoy a Picassian-inspired virtual experience for several people at the same time; in addition to presenting the first ‘Real Metaverse’ of a tourist destination, in which a virtual reality space will be proposed in various stages of the history of the city of Malaga and it will be possible to interact with Picasso.


On the other hand, the Department of Culture has organized a series of activities at the Museo Casa Natal Picasso and Museo Picasso Málaga. Added to this is an informative program ‘Málaga y Picasso’ in the city’s educational centers on the figure and work of Pablo Ruiz Picasso that will take place during this school year.

Thus, the Museo Casa Natal Picasso will have several exhibitions this year. From last October 19 to May 28, 2023, this space houses the exhibition ‘Bernardí Roig: The Last Face and La Afonía del Minotauro’. The exhibition extends to the Collection of the Russian Museum and the Center Pompidou Málaga

In the Temporary Exhibition Hall, the project ‘Between the mirror and the mask’ is shown, which is based on an interpretation of what is considered to be Picasso’s last self-portrait. The Cube of the Center Pompidou Málaga, for its part, houses the installation ‘The labyrinth of light and the head of the Minotaur’, while in the Collection of the Russian Museum you can see ‘Shadow dancers’, which explores the great influence of Degas on Picasso’s work.

The exhibition ‘Las edades de Pablo’ will arrive at the artist’s birthplace from June 21 to October 1. With works from the Museo Casa Natal Picasso and from other institutional and private collections in Spain, it offers a chronological and stylistic tour of Picasso’s work according to the stages that marked his life, from his formative years to those spent in company. by Jacqueline Roque.

For its part, ‘The image of Picasso’ reflects the evolution of his image in the media: press, photography, books, cinema, comics, advertising, television; and it can be seen from October 18, 2023 to March 3, 2024. In addition, new publications will be made and the work of promotion and cultural mediation will continue to further delve into the life and work of the artist.

And, on the other hand, during 2023, the EMT, in collaboration with the Museum, will illustrate its cards and travel passes with images of Picasso’s Birthplace Museum to publicize this celebration.


In the case of the Museo Picasso Málaga, which this year is also celebrating its 20th anniversary, it will have two suggestive exhibitions.

On the one hand, the exhibition ‘Picasso: matter and body’, curated by Carmen Giménez, which can be visited from May 9 to September 10 of next year. It shows the artist’s sculpture through a tour of the plurality of styles that Picasso used to expand the forms of the human body, as well as the different materials that he used. This exhibition will move to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in autumn.

And, on the other, ‘El eco de Picasso’, curated by Eric Troncy, which will be offered from October 3, 2023 to March 24, 2024. It is based on the effect of Picasso’s artistic practices in contemporary times and, above all, everything, in today’s globalized art, and brings together the work of some thirty artists in dialogue with the artist from Malaga.

At the same time, the tour of the Museum’s permanent collection will be renewed with two proposals for ‘Dialogues’ curated by Michael FitzGerald and the Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Foundation for Art (FABA). The first, dedicated to sculpture, will be in relation to the exhibition ‘Picasso: matter and body’, while the second, with late works by Picasso, will be in resonance with the exhibition ‘El Echo de Picasso’.

Likewise, Picasso’s work and time and the enigmas that the former still poses will be orientation vectors for the articulation of a program of educational, academic and cultural activities for this double celebration. In addition, the exhibition ‘Picasso: matter and body’ will serve as a starting point to analyze the strength of the concept of ‘human body’ in the field of experimentation in modern sculpture. The museum team works on academic projects associated with its exhibitions.


Likewise, different entities of the city plan to join the Picasso Year program with numerous activities and initiatives, including the Jorge Rando Museum, UMA, Ateneo de Málaga, Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Telmo , Interactive Music Museum of Malaga, OFM, Film Festival, Cervantes Theater, La Casa Amarilla, Association of Friends of Picasso’s Birthplace, San Telmo Art School, among many others.

The city of Malaga dresses this 2023 in the Picassian style for the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death