As a young artist, Picasso studied in the Escola d'Arts i Oficis de Barcelona building, which is located on a street made famous by his painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

Spanish TV tycoon Jaume Roures has proposed that the building, which has stood empty since 2009, should be turned into a museum dedicated to his friend Allen, who filmed his 2008 movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona in the city.

However, the idea has sparked anger among locals, and members of the Spanish trade union movement held protests outside the building over the weekend (05-06Dec15).

The protesters claim the museum will be "geared towards tourists and not citizens," according to Britain's The Guardian newspaper, and they want Barcelona's mayor to follow through on a previous promise to open a new arts school on the site.

Allen's filming of Vicky Cristina Barcelona also caused controversy as local politicians complained that city officials had provided $1.1 million (£700,000) of funding for the movie and afforded the American writer/director preferential treatment over local filmmakers.