Paris’s Picasso museum finally reopens after controversial renovation

Paris, France- A top-level sacking, harsh words from the artist’s son, delays and a huge budget overrun — Paris’s Picasso museum reopens its doors on Saturday amid the fallout from a fraught $71-million renovation.

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Just over five years after it closed for what was intended to be a two-year refurbishment, the museum — housed in a 17th-century baroque mansion in Paris’s historic Marais quarter — has been extensively modernised and is more than twice its previous size.

Costs, however, stand at 22 million euros ($27 million) over budget due to an increase in the scope of the works, a rift has opened up between Picasso’s son Claude and the French government and the museum’s director of nearly a decade, Anne Baldassari, no longer has her job.

The gallery, which first opened in 1985, boasts one of the world’s most extensive collections of Picasso’s work with around 5,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and documents.


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