Musée Picasso Paris Summer Notes

The newly reopened Musée Picasso is generating long lines- if you only have a few days, consider becoming a member for 30€ and skip the queue. It’s more than the price of admission, but it is valid for a year if you plan to return. Purchase online Note:  To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Musée National Picasso-Paris will present a new exhibition, “¡Picasso! L’exposition anniversaire” in the entire museum space in fall 2015.  In order to prepare for this event, we will need to close some of the rooms to the public from June 23rd 2015,  please accept our sincere apologies.

Picasso Museum Paris

Fall has arrived in Paris and with the gray fading light comes the reopened Picasso Museum. Closed for expansion in 2009, the reopening was delayed due to bulging budgets, staff firings, and a multitude of problems – without some dramatic elements, how would this be the City of Light? Accustomed to strife, history teaches us that Haussmann managed to renovate Paris again and again under Napoleon III.

Portrait of A Woman With A Hat

Portrait of A Woman With A Hat With Pompoms And A Printed Blouse

Always a popular museum, and with the expansion, it is now twice the size; I am certain Monsieur Picasso would have enjoyed the maneuvering. Containing over 400 Picasso works, it also includes pieces of his personal collection: Degas, Cezanne, Miro and Matisse. He might have been described, in current colloquialisms, as a hoarder – never letting go of his notes, ephemera from lovers and abandoned lovers. Upon his death in 1973, his family donated a vast amount of his archives to the French government to avoid paying estate taxes. The museum collection contains much of the archived materials.

Critics complain the interior is choppy, the collection is displayed in a peculiar arrangement of subject matter and inaccurate time framing of the works. Don’t let the critics influence your visit.

Since I haven’t visited this week, I cannot comment. Other than imagine Picasso in a typical Gallic shrug: Je n’y peux rien.


The Picasso Museum is in the Hôtel Salé, 5 Rue de Thorigny, Paris;