Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
The Musée Picasso Paris is one of the most important museums in the world dedicated to Pablo Picasso, with over 5,000 artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist.
The museum, which opened in 1985, is housed in the Hôtel Salé baroque palace.
In 2014 the building underwent major renovation and expansion works, on a design by the French architect Jean François Bodin.
Above: the Hôtel Salé in Paris, home to the Picasso Museum; photo Damian Entwistle (CC BY-NC 2.0).
The Musée Picasso is one of the few museums featuring the whole artistic life of Picasso, its collections are based on two works by Picasso that the artist’s heirs gave to the French government in compensation for inheritance taxes.
Along with an impressive amount of Picasso’s paintings, sculptures, ceramics, etchings, and drawings, the collections also include documents, photos, notebooks, sketches, drafts, and illustrated books.
A view of the permanent exhibition of the Picasso Museum; photo David Mapletoft (CC BY 2.0).
The museum also features a multi-media auditorium, a library, and a comprehensive archive focused on Picasso’s life and work.
The Musée Picasso includes a gift shop, a charming garden, and a restaurant with a terrace.
Except for a few rooms, the museum is generally accessible to people with disabilities.
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