Nov 18, 2009

Exterior of the Picasso Museum

Interior of the Picasso Museum

Paul Arlequin by Pablo Picasso

In the heart of the fashionable Marais district in Paris, the Musée Picasso (Picasso museum) is dedicated to the famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).
The Picasso museum is housed in Hôtel de Salé, 5 rue de Thorigny, Paris 3rd arrondissement, 1656 city mansion, close to Centre Pompidou.

The Hotel Salé changed hands very often, becoming a national literary repository harbouring the convent libraries seized during the Revolution, an educational establishment where Balzac completed his secondary schooling, the Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, an exhibition room for the bronze sculptor Henri Vian etc It was made a listed building in 1968. The museum opened in 1985 with 203 paintings and 156 pieces of sculpture, coming from the Picasso heritage and paid to the French state as death duties. I saw great paintings in the museum including Paul Arlequin and the portrait of Dora Maar.

The Picasso museum provides audiovisuals and films in a special cinema, biographical and crhical details displayed in each room and a library.

Station on Paris metro : Chemin-Vert, St-Paul, St-Sebastian