Musee Picasso

The Musee Picasso is a museum in Paris devoted to the work of the famous twentieth-century Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. Home to several thousand works, the Picasso Museum Paris is one of the top places in the world to see work by the beloved painter. In the historic center of Paris, a seventeenth-century hotel was converted into a new home for Picasso paintings several years after the artist died in 1973, when many of his paintings became the property of the French state. It was this collection that originally formed the base of the Picasso Museum. In 1985 the restoration of the hotel was complete and the doors were open to the public. Decades later, it is just as popular an attraction.

Musee Picasso
Musee Picasso  Image: HeyRocker (flickr)

Many of the museums in Paris can be crowded and full of art that lacks relevance today. If you’ve already wandered through the many galleries of the Louvre, skip the more crowded destination in favor of the Musee Picasso. On display in the museum are over 200 paintings, 190 sculptures, 85 ceramics, and thousands of drawings. The Picasso Museum Paris also exhibits the personal collection of the artist including works by Cezanne and Matisse. Beyond seeing many Picasso paintings, this museum is also a chance to tour one of the finest historic buildings in the famous Marais district of Paris.

Picasso once humorously said that he had amassed the largest collection of Picassos in the world. Upon his death, this was proved to be true, as everything from sketchbooks to masterpieces were discovered. The Musee Picasso is both an incredible introduction to the artist and a treat for those who know his work well. Of particular interest to art lovers will be the collection of works Picasso painted after his 70th birthday. Seeing this later works provides a full glimpse into the work of the Spanish master. Those visitors with an interest in history will love the photographs, newspaper clippings, and manuscripts that provide contextual information to accompany the art.

Tickets for the Picasso Museum Paris are reasonably priced as well, and additional discounts are available for students and seniors. The museum is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, and until 6 pm during the summer. This museum does close for some holidays, so be sure to check ahead before planning a visit during a holiday period. In August 2009, the museum closed for renovations, and until it reopens, visitors will have to see Picasso paintings in other contexts.

Although Picasso is often associated with Paris, the artist was actually born in Malaga, in the south of Spain. If you’re planning a trip to the Costa del Sol, a stop at the Picasso Museum in Malaga is a must. The museum is open every day and admission is low. Some visitors to Paris are sure to be disappointed by the renovation of the Musee Picasso, but if you want to see the work of another famous artist, visit the Mont Museum. This museum has the largest collection of the French impressionists work on the globe. Paris is a city full of art and culture, but don’t miss the excellent dining and nightlife as well.

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