To the delight of Picasso fans everywhere, this immensely popular museum in the regal 17th-century Hôtel Salé has emerged from its €52 million makeover thoroughly transformed, with more than double the dedicated public space. The exhibition area’s 34 rooms cover almost 41,000 square feet with a sprawling new building in the back garden dedicated to temporary exhibitions and other programs.
The collection of more than 100,000 paintings,
sculptures, drawings, documents, and other archival materials (much of it given to the government by Picasso's heirs to settle a hefty tax bill following his death in 1973) spans the artist's entire career; and while it doesn't include his most recognizable works it does contain many of the paintings and sculptures treasured most by Picasso himself—among them pieces from his personal collection created by friends and influences such as Matisse, Braque, Cézanne, and Rousseau.
Nov 9, 2008
In some other cities, this would be the best art museum locally. Here it's merely very good in comparison to the competition, mostly containing work of Picasso from various periods. Does not have a lot of his most famous works, but still well worth seeing.
Apr 27, 2003
We loved this place. The presentation was great, the building was beautiful and the art, well it was all Picasso!