Musee Picasso - Picasso Museum, Paris

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    Visit the Picasso Museum

    by Beausoleil Updated Dec 31, 2014

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    It is OPEN again. Hooray. Don't miss it.

    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.

    Half the Picasso Museum reflected in a mirror Hotel de Sale, the Musee Picasso Hotel de Sale, the Musee Picasso Dora Marr, Picasso The Goat, one of my favorite sculptures
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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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    Musée Picasso - Digging the Art & Architecture!

    by BeatChick Updated Sep 11, 2005

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    I'm not a huge Pablo Picasso fan but it’s worth a visit, not only for his works but also for the works of his friends ( I think I enjoyed the artwork of his friends, such as Georges Braque or Joan Miró, more than his stuff).

    Of Picasso's works I liked the paintings of:
    Dora Maar
    La Céléstine
    What I love about it is the witch-like quality of the sitter and that he painted her blind eye. I really love that he attempted to depict the real (although later in a cubist style but very real to him, perhaps the interior qualities of the subject) rather than just the beautiful.
    Bust of a lady with a large nose
    This lovely lady was another of my favorites at the Musée Picasso. I'm not really sure why yet except that it may be one of the few "nice" depictions of a woman in Picasso's repertoire. Hmmm...let me ponder on this.
    Bronze of a Bull's Head
    It's cool, it's different, it's quirky, it's so very Spanish!

    This maison (Hôtel Salé) in the Marais that the works are housed in is itself beautiful. Look around you at all the gorgeous architectural details. Crown mouldings on the ceiling are lovely.

    Carte Musées et Monuments accepted here.

    Photos: April 2003

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    Hotel de Sale - Musee Picasso

    by Diana75 Updated Feb 24, 2006

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    Housed by the beautiful Hotel de Sale, built from 1656 to 1659, the museum is dedicated to Pablo Ruiz Picasso, one of the most important modern painters.

    Hotel de Sale took this name from its owner, a salt tax collector.

    The museum collection includes over 250 paintings, sculptures, collages and over 3000 drawings.

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    Largest single collection of Picasso's works

    by rexvaughan Written Jun 7, 2004

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    This mid-17th Century building has an interesting history of its own. It was built in 1656 as a residence for General Aubert de Fontenay, has housed the ambassador of Venice and then a school of art and manufacture. In 1975 the state leased it to house the works they had received from Picasso's estate. It includes the world's largest collection of his works and includes 200+ paintings, about that number of sculptures and almost 100 ceramics as well as 3,000 drawings, engravings and manuscripts. It is well explained in English and includes photos and information about the artist throughout his life. It is also small enough to enjoy without being overwhelmed.

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    Picasso Museum

    by bpacker Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    If you hate Picasso and think that all this symbolisma and cubist stuff are crap, then don't bother going to this museum.
    However, if you're like me and think that art should be for art's sake, pop in the museum about half an hour before closing.
    They'll let you in for free.
    Browse at your own leisure. I doubt you'll be able to appreciate much unless you're Tim Burton*. Make your purchases later in the delightful sourvenir shop. Yup, I have to admit, I spent more time there then at the galleries.

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    Hôtel Salé, 5 rue de Thorigny 75003

    Transport :
    Metro line 1 or 8 : Chemin-Vert, St-Paul, St-Sebastian
    Buses : 29, 96, 75, 86, 87

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

    Fees :
    Adults : 5.50euros
    18-25 : 4euros
    Under 18s : free

    * American director and creator of gory flicks like beetlejuice, the last night before christmas and big fish

    An inspiration for Tim Burton, no doubts about it.

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    The Picasso Museum

    by jrs1234 Written Sep 19, 2004

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    Tucked down a back street in the Marais district, the Picasso museum is crammed with the works of this famous painter. You get to see the artist's style evolving in more or less chronological order - it's an interesting place, although there's less Cubism there than I expected...

    There are also some nice paintings there that Picasso collected. The only drawback to this place was the one-way system imposed on visitors - you couldn't skip bits and you couldn't quickly dodge back to a particular spot that you found interesting. Otherwise good, though.

    You can get in here with a museum card, otherwise it's 5.50 euros for adult entrance. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

    Entrance to the Picasso Museum in the Marais
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    Musee Picasso

    by Andraf Updated Feb 16, 2005

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    Located in the lovely neighbourhood of Marais, the beautiful seventeen-century palais named Hotel Sale houses the largest collection of works by Picasso in the world. Many of the works were owned by the artist himself and were obtained by the French state on Picasso's death in 1973 when they were taken as compensation for the inheritance taxes owned by Picasso's heirs. The works are displayed in chronological order; they span some 75 years of Picasso's life and all changes in his style during this time, all the major periods of the artist's life from 1905 onwards. You can see Picasso's experiments with Cubism and Surrealism including some studies for his famous Demoiselles d'Avignon, the painting considered to have launched Cubism in 1907. Then follows his latest works many on themes related to war and peace; many of the works picture his wives and children. In addition the museum displays Picasso's art collection, paintings that he bought or was given by contemporaries such as Matisse, Cezanne, Braque, Renoir and Miro and his collection of African masks and sculptures. The displays include photos and information about the artist's work and life. It all makes for a rewarding visit. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

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    Musee Picasso

    by SFHulaGIrl Updated Apr 28, 2004

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    I was never a huge Picasso fan until I saw the real thing!

    The Hotel Sale, constructed in the 17th century, holds a vast array of Picasso's works from 1894 to 1972. His works of art are arranged in chronological order.

    Admission is 5,50E.

    Open April to September: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Open October to March: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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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.

    1. A family entering the Picasso Museum 2. Entrance hall 3. Portrait of Marie-Th��r��se, 1937 4. Women at their Toilette, 1938 5. Caf�� in the garden
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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.

    Musee Picasso Picture of Dora Maar - One of Picasso's lover Pictures of Picasso One painting of Picasso Work in Progress
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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.

    My favorite Matisse @ Picasso Picasso bathers Cranium, sea urchins & a lamp
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    Musee Picasso

    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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    Love This Museum!

    by LauraWest Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    This was my first experience in a museum devoted to one artist. It was a very happy discovery for me ( & a short walk from Hostel Fourcy where I stayed)!

    Each room of this beautiful building follows in chronological order, with a nice sign, In English & French, telling the life of Pablo. Some photos are included on the signs. I don't recall seeing any of his larger sculptures before, except for the huge one in downtown Chicago, Illinois, which I have loved for a long time! Of course, there are many paintings in this museum. Many are not familiar unless you're a great student of Picasso. Smaller ceramic pieces round out this fine collection. It is permitted to take non-flash photos inside.

    There's a pleasant courtyard & restaurant here, too. I didn't eat at it. I had plans for a picnic, but you weren't allowed to eat your own food in the courtyard. Fortunately, you can see there's a small, pleasant park just behind the museum! I went there after & sat on a shaded bench.

    The gift shop is in two parts. Pretty good shop, though I wished they had more prints of his work for sale.

    some of his sculptures
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    Musee Picasso [Museums V]: The Building

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    The story of how this museum came to be is one any taxpayer can appreciate! When Picasso died the estate taxes were going to be horrendous. So an arrangement was made that it would be paid in works of art! The problem was where to put them! So the Hotel Sale [for the salt merchant who built it], which had been bought by the City of Paris in 1964 and restored to its former configuation, was refitted again to hold the collection. The lack of money for extensive renovations places Picasso's 20th century against the 17th! And it works!!!

    Looking out The upstairs hallway A detail of the build's scuptural reliefs
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