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Friday, Oct. 3, 2003

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Picasso museum to open in Malaga

A new museum showing some 200 works by Pablo Picasso will open later this month in the Mediterranean city of Malaga, birthplace of the 20th century's most important artist, Spanish tourism officials said Wednesday in Tokyo.

Museo Picasso (The Picasso Museum) will open Oct. 27 in Malaga's historic district and exhibit works donated by Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, the artist's heirs, said Antonio Urda, head of the tourism bureau of the Malaga City Government.

The museum is in the Palacio de los Condes de Buenavista, a large 16th-century noble house based on Renaissance and Moorish designs. It has 42 oil paintings, 11 sculptures, 89 sketches, 73 prints and 24 ceramic works. The entrance fee will be 6 euros ($7), Urda said.

The works represent almost all stages of Picasso's life, and 204 of them will be displayed permanently, Urda said. Among the pieces to be displayed are "La nina and su muneca (The Girl and Her Doll)" (1896-97), "Olga Koklova con mantilla (Olga Koklova with Mantilla)" (1917), and "Retrato de Pablo con gorro blanco (Pablo's Portrait with a White Cap)" (1923).

Urda urged Japanese tourists to visit Malaga, centered in the Costa del Sol region of Spain, and said the city will double its hotel rooms in 2004 to accommodate as many as 12,000 tourists at the same time.



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