Finally, after many years of building works, the Musée Picasso re-opened its doors on October 25 2014 – once again, the people of Paris can enjoy masterpieces such as La Celestina, The Suppliant or Portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter. Set in the great 17th century Hôtel Salé in the heart of the historic Marais area, Picasso’s masterpieces hang on the walls of bright, spacious exhibition rooms. First opened 29 years ago, the Musée Picasso is one of the city’s most precious and prestigious institutions – now that it's finally re-opened, it feels like the Parisian art scene is back on track.
That said, after five years of expensive and controversial building works, the venue falls a little short of the innovative modern museum that was promised. This museum holds the largest collection in the world of Picasso’s masterpieces, and yet they are haphazardly exhibited, following no particular chronology or themes. There's a lack of historical and political analyses, depriving visitors of a useful framework in which to grasp the agenda of the 20th century avant-garde artist. Although it is interesting to view Picasso’s work independent of other references, it's a shame not to have made the experience more cohesive.
|Venue name:||Musée Picasso||Contact:|
5 rue de Thorigny
|Opening hours:||Tue-Fri 11.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-6pm. Late night opening until 9pm on the third Thursday of every month.|
|Transport:||Metro: Saint-Paul, Saint-Sébastien-Froissart or Chemin Vert|
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A must go if you visit Paris.
Picasso is one of faves, so enjoyed the sculptures and some peintures, but a bit disappointed les demoiselles d'Avignon is located at MOMA in NYC
Le location is also good, quite close to some cosy bars at Marais
I waited a long time for the renovations to be finished, and it was worth the wait. The paintings are beautifully displayed, and really do justice to Picasso's work - though I do still think the Picasso museum in Antibes is easily the best gallery dedicated to the artist