Taking Picasso's Bullring by the Horns

Associated Press
Tuesday, October 31, 2006

MADRID -- A bullring that was the only building ever designed by Pablo Picasso may be built in the artist's home town, a close friend of the Spanish artist said last week.

The idea for the structure was a result of Picasso's friendship with bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín, said the late matador's former wife, Lucia Bosé.

"We were at Picasso's house one day when he had sort of sketched what he wanted and an architect arrived," Italian actress Bosé said. The final design was signed by Picasso, Dominguín and architect Antonio Bonet.

"I've always had it and thought that it wasn't quite the right moment to do something with it, but now the moment to realize it has come," Bosé added.

Picasso's original idea was to have statues of bullfighters set within arches, a bit like in a Roman coliseum, the actress said.

Malaga-born Picasso had wanted the bullring built in Madrid, but that idea was vetoed by military dictator Francisco Franco, who was in power at the time. Picasso died in 1973; Franco, in 1975.

Architect José Manuel García Pérez, who has added his support to Bosé's project, said he believed several companies would back a construction project in Picasso's home town, and that plans already had been lodged with Malaga's local and regional authorities.

García Pérez said other architects were welcomed to participate. He added that the building would not be solely dedicated to bullfights but would be open to different types of events.

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