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Picasso in Paris
The Musée Picasso has finally reopened
The Musée Picasso Paris has finally reopened following a major renovation that took five years instead of two and that blew its budget by more than $25 million. Oh — and the museum’s director of nearly a decade, Anne Baldassari, got sacked by France’s former culture minister along the way. Housed in a 17th-century baroque mansion called the Hôtel Salé in the Marais quarter, the museum, which first opened in 1985, boasts 5000 Picasso pieces from paintings and drawings to ceramics and sculptures. The redesign, which cost somewhere between €45 and €55 million — no one seems to really know — has been described by the museum’s new director, Laurent Le Bon, as austere yet luminous. It includes 3700 square metres of new gallery space so more of the museum’s collection is on display. The museum’s plan is to host one major exhibit every year. The first in mid-2015 will focus on Picasso's sculpture and will be a collaboration with New York's MoMA. Admission: adults €11. museepicassoparis.fr.
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