The celebrated Spanish painter Pablo Picasso and his incredible body of artworks is preserved in the Musee National Picasso in Paris. Picasso’s paintings have literally altered the already thriving art scene, and brought forward a new genre of art like cubism. His foray into numerous other forms of art is also notable. The Musee National Picasso houses an array of collections made by the painter, as well as numerous archival records.
Visiting the Musee National Picasso is one of the best things to do during Paris sightseeing tours. For patrons of art, the large collections of Picasso’s artworks will surely offer a truly delighting and rewarding experience. It is open now after undergoing five years of renovation, offering a completely renewed experience to the visitors.
The Musee National Picasso houses a huge collection of more than 5000 artworks created by Picasso. These collections accurately follow the developments that happened in Picasso’s remarkable career, from his early paintings to his last major works. One can view the collections and see how Picasso’s style evolved over the years that led to the development of the influential cubism movement, which he pioneered along with Georges Braque, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes and other painters.
The collections also contain numerous other pieces such as drawings, engravings, photographs, sketches, documents, and movies. The private collection of Picasso is one specialty of the Musee National Picasso, and gives a chance to know more about the artist. Besides, the 200,000 personal documents included in the collections offer the visitor a glimpse into the life of Picasso.
Inside the Musee National Picasso
The Musee National Picasso is housed inside the Hotel Gale, which is a prominent hotel in the region. Hotel Gale was built during the end of the 17th century and previously housed the embassy of The Republic of Venice. It was after three years of Picasso’s death that the hotel was turned into a museum. Upon renovation, several of the exhibition floor spaces have been extended, along with the addition of several visitor facilities.
Visiting the Museum
The Musee National Picasso is located in the Marais district of Paris. It is open from 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM, from Tuesday to Friday. The Musee National Picasso remains open from 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM on Saturdays, Sundays and other public holidays. The timing during the French school days varies, as the museum will be open on Tuesday to Sunday from 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM.