Musée Picasso, Paris

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    Musée Picasso

    by Nemorino Updated Jul 8, 2014

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    Update 2014: The Picasso Museum is still closed for renovation. They keep postponing the date for re-opening, and their website now says the museum will re-open on October 25, 2014.

    This not one of those Ah-Ha Museums where you keep running into famous paintings that you have been seeing reproductions of for the past half century. On the contrary, most of the artworks in this museum were new to me, or at least ones I had not particularly noticed before.

    The reason for this is that the artworks in this museum are from Picasso's private collection. These are works that he kept for himself, so until his death they were generally not accessible to us members of the general public, and they are not the familiar ones that are always used in books to illustrate his Blue Period, his Rose Period, his African Period, his Cubist Period, etc.

    When Picasso died in 1973 the French government presented his heirs with a huge tax bill for inheritance taxes. Instead of paying cash they paid in artworks, so the French State became the owner of a very fine collection of relatively unknown Picasso paintings and other artworks.

    I hope you'll forgive my boasting, but I'm rather proud of the first photo on this tip. It shows the silhouettes of a tourist family entering the museum, complete with their bags and sunglasses. I believe this is my only silhouette photo that ever really turned out the way I wanted it to.

    Second photo: The entrance hall of the Picasso Museum.

    Third photo: Portrait of Marie-Thérèse, 1937. She was Picasso's longtime mistress and the mother of his daughter, Maya Picasso.

    Fourth photo: Women at their Toilette, 1938

    Fifth photo: Café in the garden behind the Picasso Museum.

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    Visit the Picasso Museum

    by Beausoleil Updated May 14, 2014

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    They have recently moved the June 2014 reopening to September 2014. So sad.

    Update beginning 2014: They have finally announced (in French) the museum will reopen in June of 2014. We'll be there in June so will check and make sure. We've missed it during the very long renovation and are really looking forward to a visit to see what they've done. Official Web Site (French) of the Picasso Museum

    Update end 2013: They announced a Fall 2013 opening date but it didn't happen so the current thought is Spring 2014. I sure hope they make it because we're planning to visit in Spring 2014 and would dearly like to revisit after too many years of closure.

    Update 2013: The current opening date has been delayed again. It may be open by fall but it may not. Before you visit, check the web site (below) to make sure it is open.

    Update 2011: They have extended the renovation time. The museum will be closed until Spring 2013 as of the last check of their web site. There are traveling exhibits all over the world so look for one near you.

    Update 2010: The Picasso Museum Will Be closed from August 24, 2010 up to 2012. In the interim there will be several traveling exhibits including one at the deYoung in San Francisco we are attending. Check your area for a chance to see these visiting exhibits because you won't see them in Paris until 2012. Picasso Museum Official Web Site (in French but right click and scroll down to translate this page to English to get a good idea of content)

    Update 2009: We were pretty disappointed visiting the Picasso Museum this afternoon. It is in the middle of renovation. Photos are no longer allowed inside the museum. The wonderful displays in the crypt-basement are closed. They are adding wall space that covers much of the beautiful old mansion housing the collection. Much of the collection is going into storage for a 4-year renovation. We'll try it again in 2014 and see there is an improvement, but it wasn't a great visit today. What was available was not well displayed and all the walls weren't even complete yet. There were paintings on one side and beams on the other . . .

    Old review below:

    There are two excellent reasons to visit the Musee Picasso. First, of course, is the marvelous collection of Picasso's works. The Archives are also open to the public and they include his copious correspondence. It is fascinating. There are also posters and sketches exhibited.

    Secondly, the building is of historic importance. You would expect Picasso to be exhibited in a starkly modern building. Not so . . . The collection is in a delightful old Hotel Particular (mansion) in the Marais district of Paris. The lovely mansion was once owned by Aubert-de-Fontenay who was a salt-tax collector. See what tax collectors can afford to build!

    If you haven't visited for a while, this is a good time to make another visit because the collection has been rehung and is very well displayed. They have hung a great many more paintings in the collection since our first visit many many years ago.

    It is also great fun to wander through the building.

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    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 24, 2013

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    For those individuals who enjoy Picaso's works you'll definitely want to visit the Musee Picaso. Picaso's heirs donated an outstanding collection of the artists' work (which is the collection housed here in the Hotel de Sale), in lieu of estate duties.

    Along with over 200 paintings there are also sculptures, collages and more than 3000 drawings and carvings, 88 ceramics, as well as illustrated books and manuscripts and some of his private collection by his friends and contemporaries like Cezanne, Rousseau and Braque to name a few.

    The musuem isn't large and your visit will only take a few hours.

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    by spidermiss Updated Nov 28, 2010

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    The museum (formerly Hotel Sale) houses a large collection of Pablo Picasso's work. When Picasso died, the family donated his collection to France in lieu of payment for inheritance tax. There are over 200 paintings along with a vast amount of drawings, ceramics, sculptures, collages and manuscripts. The collection is divided into Picasson's different periods, in chronological order, including cubism and classical phases. As well as the collection, he has his own collection of works of other artists including Cezanne, Matisse and Modigliani.

    It cost me around 9 Euros (July 2009) to look around the museum.

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    Hôtel Salé / Musée Picasso

    by MM212 Updated Nov 28, 2010

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    Completed in 1639, l'Hôtel Salé was designed by the architect, Jean de Bouiller, as the residence of the Lord of Fontenay, Pierre Aubert. It is a typical hôtel particulier (mansion) of the period and of the district, with a front courtyard leading into the Renaissance-style palace, which is decorated with interesting sphinx statues (probably added in a later period). The palace changed hands several times thereafter and until it was purchased by the City of Paris in 1964. It was subsequently restored and eventually came to house the Picasso Museum, which opened its doors in 1985. The museum contains an important collection of Pablo Picasso's works, but unfortunately, it has been closed for a major renovation of the palace itself and is not expected to reopen until 2012.

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    If you are a Picasso nut

    by davequ Updated Jul 17, 2010

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    I visited Musee Picasso last fall. The building is interesting, and the area (Marais) one of my favorites.

    For a true hardcore fan of Picasso this is a definite recommended must .
    A decent collection of his work and history, with some works by other artists that Picasso collected. (and it WAS an art-lovers bargain for 6,70 admission in the past)

    Now (2006) it costs 8,50 euros (gouge imo)
    Tarif réduit (de 18 à 25 ans inclus): 6,50
    (6,50 euros for a "student" ages 18-25)

    The weirdest and most twisted thing is:

    one of my favorite works here was not even a Picasso but a Henri Matisse that Picasso bought.

    Check out the website below and see what you think.
    Musee Picasso

    And here is a link to an excellent Picasso website... if you love Picasso, you will end up spending some quality time here:
    Online Picasso

    Hats off and much thanks to Dr. Enrique Mallen, Professor. Linguistics & Art History,
    Foreign Languages. Sam Houston State University,
    all Dr. Enrique Mallens collaborators, and Texas A&M Univ. for originally building and hosting the excellent "Online Picasso Project" at the link above.

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    Take a walk with me ..and lets savour Picasso ?

    by kenyneo Written Jul 25, 2008

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    I always make it a point to visit a museum or musee they call it here ..so in early 2008 . I am back in Paris again bu this time was a short trip as I was spending most of my holiday in the Rhone Alps areas visiting the breathtaking Annecy ...

    Do I need to introduce Picasso to you ? Dont think so ...but perhaps from my little adventure ...the museum is not too big ..just the right size and putting some of the most interesting pieces of his royal highness ....though i have seen some of Picasso's pieces in other museums around the world ...but its always different to see it all in one place ...to see his life, his journey and his passion ...rather than being distracted by the work of other great masters ....just like its my dream to visit Dali's Museum in Figueras, Spain ...

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    Musee Picasso

    by tremendopunto Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    The Picasso Museum inside the Hotel de Sale is also worth a visit - even for people like me, who are not that fascinated by cubism. But the huge number of paintings and sculptures shows perfectly the change of his style in time

    Entree fee is 6,50 EUR, opening hours in summer from 9:30-18:00.

    http://www.musee-picasso.fr/

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    It's out there...but so was Picasso

    by wilocrek Written Apr 7, 2008

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    The Picasso Museum is worth seeing, specifically if your a Picasso fan, the museum is a bit off the beaten path so be prepared for a walk. From the Pompidou Centre there are signs that will direct you down several streets that will bring you to the Picasso Museum. Its located in a very quiet section of Paris, if you get lost just ask someone in a cafe, all the locals know where it is. Please note the museum is closed on Tuesdays.

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    Musee Picasso a must if you can find it!

    by parismumsie Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    Believe it or not, we had a really hard time finding this wonderful museum. We took the Metro and actually got in the general vacinity quickly (even stumbled upon a street market in the process).But getting from the Metro to the museum took a while. While everyone we asked was very helpful, it seems many Parisians don't know it's there. However, as is true all over Paris, the long roundabout walk led us by a gorgeous flower shop, we visited an adorable toy store and incredible antique/ decorator shop. The walk was well worth it. The Musee Picasso is in an old mansion, I think. The beautiful architecture is an amazing backdrop to Picasso's sculpture and paintings. My 5 year old granddaughter loved it as well! We did however, rush her through a few rooms with some of his more "erotic" drawings etc. Good thing they hung them too high for her to get a good look at!

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    by lohki Updated Feb 11, 2008
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    It took me some time to actually find this museum, yet when I look at a street map it appears easy and straight forward?!

    When Picasso died in '73, France inherited a great deal of his work and used them to create Musee Picasso, which opened in 1985. The collection is housed in the Hôtel Salé a 17th- century mansion that was built for a salt tax collector, Aubert de Fontenay in 1656.

    The enormous scope of Picasso's work is fascinating and here you can see not only his famous paintings, but also his collages, sculptures and ceramics.

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    Picasso, in Paris

    by amapola66 Written Feb 2, 2008

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    The Musée Picasso is in a 17th century mansion, centrally situated in a historical Le Marais district of Paris and houses a large collection of Picasso's paintings, sculptures, drawings and ceramica. It is perfectly sized for a long weekend visit with plenty to see, but not too enormous.

    We had a very pleasant stroll around this initimate museum on our last day there, easily returning back to our hotel in time to catch our Eurostar train home.

    Open April to september: 9.30 am to 6 pm
    October to March: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
    Price 7.70 euros, children free.
    Entrance is free for all on the first Sunday of every month.

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    Musee Picasso

    by stev0305 Updated Mar 13, 2007

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    The Musee Picasso is a great Paris Museum and isn't so large and crowed like the Louvre. The collection includes a lot from Picasso's personal collection. Picasso once said "I am the greatest collector of Picassos in the world." He had amassed an enormous collection of his own work by the time of his death in 1973, ranging from sketchbooks to finished masterpieces. This one of the few collections of Picasso's work after he turned 70. The Musée Picasso contains more than 3000 different art works by Pablo Picasso including drawings, ceramics and paintings. I really enjoy the sculptures and ceramics, I hadn't seen much of Picasso besides painting. He is truley an art genius, and the museum is well worth the trip and admission. The prices were very reasonable, as far as Paris goes. This momument to art contains a variety of Picasso you well never get to see anywhere else, SEE THIS MUSEUM.

    Check out the Pictures and get a little preview of the collection.

    Opening times

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    April to september: 9.30 am to 6 pm
    October to March: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

    Entrance fee

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    Entrance fee
    Adults : 30FF
    18-25 : 20 FF
    Under 18s : free
    Sunday : 20 FF

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    by vtnyc Written May 24, 2006

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    The Picasso museum was an interesting walk for an hour. When Picasso died at the ripe old age of 92, his heirs didn't have the money to pay the hefty French estate taxes and donated his numerous works of art as an exchange. Housed here in a mansion built in 1656, the Hotel "Salt's" first owner controlled distribution of the precious commodity salt at the time, thus its name.

    I didn't realize his connection to Dora Maar was so deep until I visited here. Nor did I realize how he seduced other artists' wives either....they have really interesting pictures, scrapbooks, sketches, and drawings made by Picasso that help you get to know who the man really was. Its like a High Class Pack Rat honorable testament to the life of Picasso.

    Very highly recommended.

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    Got to see this Museum if you like Picasso

    by simonli625 Updated May 10, 2006

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    The Musee Picasso located in the Le Marais area. You can get there either by the Metro station Chemin vert or St-Sebastien Froissart.

    It is a must see if you like the artwork for Picasso. The museum contains several thousand works of Pablo Picasso. What is interesting to me is that it contains a lot of pictures of Pablo Picasso while he was working taken by his mistress Dora Maar.

    Dora Maar also photographs Picasso work in progress which is amazing. You can actually see the master initial draft and how he changes his design and paint over some of his work.

    The museum also contains some work from Cézanne and Matisse.

    Remember the museum closed on Tuesday.

    Here are their opening hours:
    1 April - 30 September : 9 h 30 to 18 h 00
    1 October - 31 March : 9 h 30 to17 h 30

    Don't try to get it to the museum 15 mins before the closing time. Normally the register closed 15 mins - 30 mins before the actual closing time.

    There is a cafe at the garden area of the Picasso Museum. It is actually quite relaxing having a cup of coffee after seeing some art work of Picasso.

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