PICASSO MUSEUM IN MALAGA
The Museo Picasso Málaga (MPM) is one of the two art galleries dedicated to Pablo Picasso located in his hometown Málaga (Spain), the other being the Fundación Picasso Museo Casa Natal. In 2019 it reached the figure of more than 703,000 visitors, making it the most visited museum in southern Spain and Andalusia.
The two hundred and eighty-five works in the MPM collection encompass Picasso’s groundbreaking innovations, as well as the wide variety of styles, materials and techniques he mastered. From early academic studies to his vision of classicism, through the overlapping planes of cubism, ceramics, his interpretations of the great masters and the late paintings of the 1970s. On 13 March 2017 the museum opened with its space reorganised, LED lights in all its rooms and 166 new works that expanded the museum’s catalogue significantly.
From Fine Arts to Picasso Museum
The conversion of the building to house the new museum was a project by architects Richard Gluckman, Rafael Martín Delgado and Isabel Cámara. The extension began with the acquisition of two houses at the rear of the palace, which were demolished to house a temporary exhibition hall and an assembly hall, with the idea of juxtaposing the contemporary architecture with the existing architecture of the palace. The palace and the new extension are separated by a crack, a free space between the two, with a glass roof where the staircase is located.
The entrance was kept at the same main door, although the position of the staircase was changed to create a larger reception area, and the direct entrance to the courtyard was replaced by a curved one. In order to control the light, the skylights have two layers of glass, with a space between them that can be opened. Awnings cover the skylight in one piece, filtering the light. The floor is made of ivory cream marble.
The need for a second extension became apparent when archaeological remains were discovered with all the layers that have been forming the city as well as part of the ancient wall of Phoenician Malaka. It was necessary to diaphanise part of the walls, which rested directly on the remains, by collecting their load on beams that transmit it to the ground by means of pillars. For the circulation of the public, a plank floor was designed, supported by a light metallic structure in the form of a walkway that runs between the illuminated remains in semi-darkness and without touching them.
A library-documentation centre, a building for an education department, an auditorium and an office building were added to the programme, maintaining the narrow street grid and taking advantage of an empty lot on which a fig tree grew.
At the rear, facing Alcazabilla Street, an existing garden was reconfigured, creating a space in which the museum is linked to the Roman Theatre and the Alcazaba, which is destined to be the centre of a monumental area that would include the Palacio de la Aduana, the Cathedral of Malaga, the Park and the Plaza de La Merced.