Picasso at 3 minutes from Hotel Continental Palacete. Picasso had never been so close to the Hotel Continental Palacete in Barcelona. Until January 13 you can enjoy the exhibition “Picasso-Picabia. The painting in question “ in the MAPFRE Casa Garriga Nogués Foundation Room (250 Diputació street) just 3 minutes walking distance  from our Hotel Continental Palacete.

The exhibition, which consists of 150 pieces, covers the history of art since 1910. The Cubism birth moment, passes through Dadaism in 1915. Picabia is one of its greatest exponents and ends with the last stage of Picasso (1973) through a selection of canvases in which the painter returns to the human figure; and also, in the final period of Picabia, who in 1953 stopped by reducing the act of painting subtle monochromes dotted with dots.

A rich pictorial and graphic arts exhibition (documents, photos, letters and magazines) of these two contemporary painters. Picasso and Picabia often confused because of the similarity of their surnames and the outline of their works. The photographs that we include in the article are proof of this.

Both Picasso and Picabia sought to challenge the conventionalisms of the time with their paintings, challenge established art. Both “murdered the painting” adopting a form that sought to rejuvenate and transgress.

The museum offers guided tours in Spanish, Catalan and, in the case of groups, can be requested in English. It also has workshops for children and adults to complement the visit, understand better and enjoy first-hand art during your stay in Barcelona.

The place that hosts the exhibition is “La Casa Garriga Nogués”, a building built by Enric Sagnier between 1902 and 1904, commissioned by the banker Ruperto Garriga-Nogués and where he lived with his family on the main floor until 1936. Year when the Spanish Civil War broke out (1936-1939). In 2004 it was bought by the Godia family and since 2015, the Mapfre Foundation manages the celebration of numerous and relevant exhibitions and workshops related to art and culture.

Picasso and his passion for Barcelona

picasso picabia hotel continental palacete barcelonaPicasso was born in the city of Malaga in 1881. The first time Picasso visited Barcelona was at the age of 13. It is in Barcelona where he enjoys his first youth sprees. Barcelona fascinates Picasso. The city where his talent began to be recognized and where he set up his first studio on Calle de la Plata. His first engraving entitled “L’àpat frugal” (frugal meal) was published as an illustration in the weekly “L’Esquella de la Torratxa”. It was in Barcelona where he also made his first exhibition in “Els Quatre Gats”, an emblematic restaurant of the city that still exists today. At 22, Picasso leaves for Paris and only returns to Barcelona “occasionally to visit his mother and sister.

We look forward to enjoying the exhibition, and will be pleased to welcome you at the Hotel Continental Palacete, with the comfort of being at 3 min. of Picasso and being located in the most central and elegant Barcelona: the Eixample “Golden Apple”.

We invite you to know our recommendations about local attraction in Barcelona and things to do in Barcelona and to visit too the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

Data information Picasso at 3 min. from Hotel Continental Palacete

“Picasso – Picabia. The painting in question”

  • #PicassoPicabia
  • Until January 13th, 2019
  • Fundación MAPFRE Casa Garriga Nogués Exhibition Hall
  • Diputació 250, 08007 Barcelona (3 min. Walking distance from Continental Palacete)


  • Monday from 14:00 to 20:00h. Thursday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00h. Sunday / feriated days from 11:00 to 19:00h.
  • General ticket 3 € (discounts for special collectives)
  • Guided visit: 5€ Tuesday to Thursday at 12.30 and 18.30 in Spanish
  • Possibility of English guided tour for groups T. +00 34 934 012 603