Crowds lined the sidewalk for the recent reopening of The Pablo Picasso Museum in Paris after they closed for expansion in 2009. When Picasso died in 1973, he left his own personal archive to his family, and in lieu of paying taxes it was given to the French Government. It is this collection; not just his own work, but the art he was drawn to – the art he owned - that makes this personal collection unique.
The Museum ranges in pieces spanning Picasso’s career and lifetime, it also includes pieces he owned from various artists: Degas, Braque, Matisse, and Rousseau, to name a few. The New York Times called the collection “closer to a sublime teaching collection, with scraps and masterworks mixed together. The goal here is less to monumentalize an artist or a style than to tell a complex story of how art is made by one person of protean energy over a specific stretch of time.”
The Pablo Picasso Museum officially opened in 1985, set in the Hôtel Salé, a Baroque-style mansion. Thirty years later, the museum still holds the world’s largest Picasso collection, and has nearly doubled in size. Architect Jean-François Bodin is responsible for the new design – and with four floors of galleries, you are sure to walk away not only feeling inspired, but having seen something new.
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