The exhibition in Calle Larios. ÁLVARO CABRERA.
Although the Picasso Museum (MPM) has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, its short history began much before its opening in 2003. The 26th of May 1953 is the date in which Juan Temboury sent a letter to Jaime Sabartés, Pablo Picasso’s secretary, proposing the idea of creating a museum dedicated to the artist. Just over a month before that letter, SUR published ‘Los años malagueños del malagueño Picasso’ (‘The Malaga years of the Picasso of Malaga’), an article reclaiming the artist’s origins back for Malaga.
To celebrate SUR’s documentation of the museum’s history, the MPM and SUR have teamed up to produce a joint, open-air exhibition in the city’s Calle Marqués de Larios, Plaza de la Marina and Plaza de la Constitución. Forty panels have been erected, reproducing pages from SUR chronicling events over the last 60 years that culminated in the Picasso museum.
The project, entitled ‘Picasso en el SUR’, is a part of the extensive programme of events celebrating the museum’s 10th year.
“The night before the inauguration of the museum, the Plaza de la Constitución was the site of an explosion of jubilation and ten years later the celebrations return to the same place,” said Luciano Alonso, Andalucía’s head of Education, Culture and Sport, at the presentation of the exhibition yesterday.
SUR editor and SUR in English editor-in-chief Manuel Castillo said of the exhibition: “It celebrates the ten years of the museum which has transformed culture not only in Malaga, but also Andalucía.”
The collection of pages, on display until the 19th of November, was inaugurated ahead of a full 24 hours of events organised by the MPM for the anniversary.
The museum was open for a full 24 hours of events including an official act attended by Picasso's descendents including Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, and numerous authorities.