To the chagrin of Picasso fans everywhere, this immensely popular museum in the regal 17th-century Hôtel Salé closed for a top-to-bottom overhaul in 2009, and delays have pushed back the reopening date to summer 2014. (About 200 works from the permanent collection have been on the road in the United States and elsewhere in the interim.) The good news is that the museum will emerge from its €52 million makeover thoroughly transformed, with more than double the dedicated
public space. The exhibition area’s 34 rooms will cover almost 41,000 square feet; and a sprawling new building in the back garden, dedicated to temporary exhibitions and other programs, will open when the final stage of renovations wraps up.
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. The reopening date remains subject to change, so check the website for updates or call before you go in case of further delays.
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!