April 8, 2023 marks the 50th death anniversary of Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous Spanish artists of the 20th century. Madrid is set to host many of the activities featured in Celebration Picasso 1973-2023, a programme put together by the French and Spanish governments to honor the occasion. The celebration seeks to showcase the career of the European artist who had the enormous influence on 20th century art and worked in an unprecedented variety of styles.
Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain on 25 October 1881, and died in the French town of Mougins in 8 April 1973. He is one of the most famous painters in the history of Western Art, his free, expressive and multi-faceted artistic language continues to influence contemporary art and thinking.
In a glitzy affair held at the Gallery By Chele, embassy officials, travel trade professionals, foreign delegates, luminaries, art lovers, and media enjoyed the culinary creations of Spanish Chef Chele Gonzalez while listening to the invitation of Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Miguel Utray Delgado, a presentation by Spain Tourism Board’s Monica Sanches, and viewing some reproductions of the artist’s more than a hundred thousand paintings, prints, and engravings.
In discovering Spain throughout the well-known artist Pablo Picasso’s spectacular artworks, travel being the key, Spain Tourism unveiled some programs such as the Across Spain (firstname.lastname@example.org and www.across-spain.es) with its 7 nights Malaga-Barcelona-Madrid tour.
The tour itinerary highlights his birthplace in the famous square of La Merced in Malaga, visit to the Picasso Museum holding 200 works, and panoramic guided tour to its capital, Costa del Sol, a coastal city. In Barcelona, a visit to Picasso Museum, a guided tour to Gothic Cathedral and Montserrat are included. Continuing the exploration of Picasso’s artwork in Madrid where he spent some time to study, the main highlights is the visit to Reina Sofia National Art Museum to capture the 100 works of Picasso, among which the well-known “Guernica” painting is displayed, and the visit to Prado Museum. A panoramic tour to cosmopolitan city comes after.
As no reproduction can do justice to the original, Spain Tourism has focused on tour itineraries of Spanish cities hosting the event. Each itinerary provides opportunities to acquaint travelers to the artist’s life and original works besides enjoying the tourist attractions of Spain.
A longer itinerary of the Footsteps of the Grandmaster in Spain (13D/12N) that visits Barcelona, Malaga, A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Bilbao, and Madrid, a journey to all those places that marked Picasso’s life—from formative years, his first exhibition at the age of 13, to the bombing of which inspired Picasso’s “Guernica”, up to where he stepped foot inside Prado Museum in Madrid for the first time—deserved a more immersive itinerary.
Spain Tourism Board encourages Filipino travel agents to take advantage of the Picasso year as a once-in-a- lifetime advantage for those who love to travel and experience not just destinations but arts and culture.