Celebrating Picasso 1973-2023

  • Conmemoración del 50 aniversario de la muerte de Pablo Picasso. Celebración Picasso 1973-2023

The 8 April 2023 marks the 50th anniversary since the death of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Madrid is set to host many of the activities featured in a programme put together by the French and Spanish governments to honour the occasion.

Organised with the support of renowned cultural institutions in Europe and the USA, Celebrating Picasso 1973-2023 features some fifty exhibitions and events which together provide a historiographical analysis of the artist’s work.

Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga, Spain on 25 October 1881, and died in the French town of Mougins on 8 April 1973. One of the most famous painters in the history of Western art, his free, expressive, multifaceted artistic language continues to influence contemporary art and thinking.

Celebrating Picasso 1973-2023 seeks to showcase the career of the European artist who not only drew on his deep knowledge of heritage and the principles of tradition, but also on his understanding of classicism as an ethical value, in order to create iconic, internationally acclaimed works. Guernica, which has become emblematic of the fight to protect human rights, is an example of one of these pieces.


Exhibitions to mark The Year of Picasso

A selection of the collection held at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, which boasts more than three thousand photos portraying Picasso’s creative processes and his life (Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa. 29 Apr-28 Jul).


Exhibition that brings together 50 works from the artist’s last period through the eyes of 50 contemporary national and international artists (La Casa Encendida. Till 7 January).

An exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death (Prado Museum. 13 Jun-17 Sept 2023).

This exhibition is based on the relationship between the two artists, which includes graphic works by Picasso in dialogue with archival photographs, letters and audiovisual documents (Casa de Velázquez. Sept-Nov 2023).

An exhibition that shows how the artist approached the main themes and genres of traditional European art: history, religion, myths, portraiture and still lifes (Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum. 4 Oct 2023-14 Jan 2024).

This exhibition showcases the artist's contribution to the birth of modern art from today’s perspective (Reina Sofia Museum. 14 Nov 2023-4 Mar 2024).


This exhibition explores the relationship between the Spanish artist and French designer (Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum. 11 Oct 2022-15 Jan 2023).


An exhibition that addresses metallic sculptures and examines the friendship and creative affinities between both artists (Mapfre Foundation. Recoletos Exhibition Hall. 23 Sept-8 Jan).


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  • The year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla, who will be the focus of some very interesting exhibitions at his house-museum and at other iconic cultural venues in our city.

    Sorolla Centenary
  • Joaquín Sorolla Bastida. Fotograma del vídeo Joaquín Sorolla Bastida - Una breve biografía ©  Museo Sorolla

Torre Picasso

  • This skyscraper, located in the AZCA commercial and business complex, is one of the city’s tallest buildings.

    Torre Picasso
  • torre picasso


Cabeza de mosquetero. Como frontis del libro: Les Dessins du 27-3-66 au 15-3-68, de Charles Feld. Prefacio de René Char. París, Cercle d'Art, 1969.  © Colección Eugenio Arias

The beautiful town of Buitrago de Lozoya houses a small museum with original Picasso pieces.



The city’s new official sightseeing and tourist travel pass.

An observation deck at 92 metres.

Our online store (in Spanish) sells artisan souvenirs.