The musée Picasso of Paris was created in 1968 thanks a French law permitted to pay inheritance taxes with works of art instead of money. When the wife of Pablo, Jacqueline Picasso died, her daughter paid the taxes with works art. The collection has grew up thanks many works purchased or gifts.
Why should you visit Musée Picasso?
The Parisian collection of Picasso is the only one in the world to set out with a specific record sculptures, engraves, paintings, studies, notebooks and illustrations. The whole in order to recreate the artist’s creative process. The Musée Picasso Paris collection comprises over 5,000 works and thousands of archived pieces.
History of the place
The Musée Picasso is located at Hotel Salé, a palace built 1656 in the middle of in Marais district. Hotel Salé designed by the architect Jean Boullier it is considered one of the finest historic houses of the area. After some national debate the Hotel Salé was selected for to be Musée Picasso. Link to Wikipedia website for more information.
What will you see?
At the Musée Picasso you will admire the permanent collection which includes:
– 300 Paintings among the most important large preparatory paintings for the “Young Ladies in Avignon” ; ”Still Life with Chair Caning” large Cubist paintings “Man with Guitar and Man with Mandolin” ; an exceptional series of assemblages, decoupages and constructions from his Cubist period (1912-1916); then “Women at a Fountain or “The Pipes of Pan” and “Memento mori”.
– Picasso’s sculptures: which Pablo made up to celebrate his paintings. These sculptures are one of the most comprehensive collection artist’s objects.
– Prints and engravings
– Library and documentation of 11,000 publications
– Giacometti Furnishings: 50 items of furniture designed by Diego Giacometti exclusively for Hôtel Salé.
In addition the permanent collection, at Musée Picasso will take in place several special expositions:
Picasso Sculptures: March 8 – September 18, 2016
Miquel Barceló. Sol y sombra: March 22 – end of June, 2016
Picasso-Giacometti: October 2016 – January 2017
Who is it for?
The musée Picasso is suggested for who is interesting in Picasso’s works or would like to discover his incredible artistic life. Couples, senior citizens and families are welcome to the museum.
How to plan your visit?
The Musée Picasso is located in 5 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris. The place is reachable by metro getting out in Hotel de Ville, Saint Paul line 1 or Chemin Vert, Saint Sebastien – Froissart line 8. Admission to the museum is free for disabled visitors and one accompanying person.
For individual tickets – Musée Picasso official website – From 12.50€
For small groups we suggeste – “Le Marais Art Walking Tour + Skip-the-Line Picasso Museum – From 45€
You will explore the Le Marais district in a 1.5-hour guided tour and you will discover the many famous painters who have lived and worked there. After that you will reach the Musée Picasso and with your skip-the-line ticket you are ready for a self guided-tour.
- Explore the Marais district in a 1.5 hour walking guided tour
- Led by a local guide
- All the entrance fees are included
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