Malaga: Picasso doesn't live here anymore
Trip Start Nov 07, 2013
28Trip End Dec 11, 2013
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The tour we took today was of "Picasso's Malaga’. We walked around the old town of Malaga and went to the Picasso Museum in Malaga. On the way to the museum we learned that Malaga has a population of 600,000 and it is the second largest city in Andalucia. Seville is the first. Kena nd Andrea always thought it was just a bunch of high rise hotels and apartments, but this turned out not to be true.
We unloaded our bus at the Cathedral. We did not go in
In Malaga you can see remnants of Phoenician, Greek, Carthagenian and Roman civilizations (see Cartagena blog for more ramblings on this).We were also told that in Malaga there are buildings left by the Moors, which include the Alcazaba and a Governor’s palace. This is pat of Andalucia which comes from the Muslim name El Andaluse. The speak Andalusian, which means that talk really fast. The cathedral in Malaga has two towers but one in unfinished. They stopped bulding it in 1782 – so they are almost as slow as Ken in bulding. The story is that the sent the money that was for the second tower to General Lafayette to help with the American Revolution. Who knows. This Cathedral is located on a site that formerly held a Roman Temple and then a Mosque, so it is a holy place. It took 3 centuries to build.
Malaguenans are also called Boccarones, which means anchovies
So about Picasso. Picasso was born in Malaga but only lived here 10 years. His father was a museum curator and an artist. He was offered a professorship teaching in another part of Spain, so off the family went. Picasso returned to Malaga once in 1900 and never returned again, due to the Spanish civil war. He was a communist and General Franco was certainly not. Franco did not die until tow years after Picasso died. The first time the people of Malaga saw Picasso’s paintings was in 1992 as they were previously considered immoral (I am not sure by who). The museum we visited was organized by Picasso’s daughter in law. The bulding was supplied by the city and is beautiful. It house a small collection of Picasso’s work but it is special as it was donated form the family’s collection. Since October 27, 2013 it also has 11 “invited" works by artists who inspired Picasso or who knew him
We then went on to Picasso’s birthplace, which was in a lovely building on a square. This blog is short today, but Malaga was impressive and we will be back. It’s lucky there are two Marriott timeshares close by.