On 25 October, the anniversary of the artist's birth, the museum re-opens refurbished and extended by the architect Jean Francois Bodin. It is now possible to discover the remarkable collection at the heart of the Marais, and a diverse programme of cultural activities.
The French Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti, and the President of the Musée Picasso Paris, Laurent Le Bon, announced on Monday 23 June 2014 that the museum's remarkable collections, housed in the heart of Paris' Marais district, will be open for the public to rediscover from October 25th, 2014, the anniversary of the Master's birth.
As a preview, the Hôtel Salé will be op en free of charge the weekend of September 20 th and 21 st from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm for members of the public to come and admire one of the capital's finest architectural monuments: "the grandest, most extraordinary, if not the most extravagant, of the grand Parisian houses of the 17 th century" as art and architecture historian Bruno Foucart wrote in 1985. Visitors will have the chance to discover the 17 th century architecture restored by Stéphane Thouin, Chief Architect for Historic Monuments, and the contributions of Roland Simounet and architectural firm Bodin & Associés. The exceptional opening weekend will feature an exhibition of documents casting light on the site's history, its architecture and the museum itself.
The Musée Picasso Paris collection comprises over 5,000 works and tens of thousands of archived pieces. For its quality and scope as well as the range of art forms it encompasses, this collection is the only one in the world to present both Picasso’s complete painted, sculpted, engraved and illustrated œuvre and a precise record—through sketches, studies, drafts, notebooks, etchings in various stages, photographs, illustrated books, films and documents—of the artist’s creative process.
Another opportunity to check out the renovated Musée Picasso Paris before its official opening will be Saturday 4 October 2014, as part of Nuit Blanche (the dusk un til dawn art event).
For the occasion, night - time visitors can enjoy a devised performance by Babx, Tambors , a conte mporary fairytale projected onto the walls of Hôtel Salé's interior courtyard.
After five years of closure, the Musée national Picasso-Paris is reopening its doors. Visitors can now enjoy the museum’s stunning collection, as well as a diverse programme of exciting cultural activities, including shows, performances, workshops, talks, screenings, debates and more.
Deconstructing Lora, by Laurent Fiévet (film) and Olivier Innocenti (music)
31 October 2014 – 4.00 pm (duration: 1 hour).
Free entry, subject to availability, upon presentation of a valid museum entry ticket.
The collection behind the scenes
From October 2014 to January 2015, The Musée national Picasso-Paris will be hosting a series of talks entitled Collections: Behind the Scenes. Led by the museum’s various teams, the talks are designed to accompany the newly opened collections. The first series of talks will help visitors rediscover the museum’s collections, revealing the work carried out on the art and the thinking processes behind the conservation, restoration and curation decisions. Each event is organised by one of the curators and focuses on a specific subject, which will be discussed with a guest of the curator’s choosing, such as a museum professional, restorer or researcher. The events are open to everyone, from those who would love to find out what happens behind the scenes at a museum, to those who already know and want to debate the relevant issues with the museum’s teams.
CINÉMaRTS, screenings at the museum
“Cézanne’s Louvre [...] can’t have been much different to mine. What is very different is what’s outside the Louvre.” 1 Beyond the museum’s galleries, the world of images rapidly expanded in the twentieth century, through the medium of cinema. The camera has often been by Pablo Picasso’s side, evoking his life, his work and his creative process, and our Cinemarts programme will introduce visitors to a remarkable selection of documentaries. However, cinema has not simply observed Picasso; it has also unwittingly portrayed him within both the world in which he lived and today’s society. Cinemarts will therefore also include a number of cinematic works of fiction that illustrate the Picassoan themes addressed each month in our programme.
A LUNCHTIME WITH PICASSO
A series of dance performances by Tomeo Vergés, created in partnership with Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson.
13 November 2014 – 1.00 pm to 1.45 pm
Free entry, subject to availability, upon presentation of a valid ticket.
CORRESPONDENCE – PICASSO/APOLLINAIRE
Reading dramatised by Clément Hervieu-Léger of Comédie Française.
11 December 2014 – 1.00 pm to 1.45 pm
Full price: €5/Concessions: €3
You can also enjoy our late night opening events, every third Friday of each month.
Image: Béatrice Hatala, Vue de la façade, côté rue de Thorigny, 2011. © Musée Picasso Paris
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On 25th & 26th October, the Musée national Picasso – Paris will be open for free, without booking. Saturday 25th October: 12am – 6pm. Sunday 26th October: 9.30am – 6pm
Musée Picasso Paris
5, rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris
Tuesday to Friday from 11.30 am to 6.00 pm
Weekends from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm
Late night opening on the third Friday of every month until 9 pm.