The Picasso National Museum is a museum dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. The museum is located in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, near the Place des Vosges, in the Hotel Salé, a 17th century building restored for the occasion.
It was built in 1656 for Pierre Aubert de Fontenay, farmer of the gabelles (salt tax). The Hôtel Salé, which takes its name from its first owner, housed, among other things, at the end of the 17th century – the Venetian embassy, during the revolution – a depository of books seized from convents, at the beginning of the 19th century – a school where Balzac was a student, then the Ecole centrale des arts et manufactures, the workshop of the famous bronze worker Henri Vian etc….
Classified as a historical monument in 1968, the Hôtel Salé was later assigned to the future Picasso Museum, and opened its doors in 1985.
The visit of the museum, which is entirely dedicated to Picasso, allows to follow the evolution of the artist throughout his career from 1894 to 1972.
The collection consists of works that the French State received in dation (payment of death duties) after the death of Picasso in 1973, then, in 1990, after the death of his widow. It includes more than 250 paintings, 160 sculptures, 1500 drawings, the entire engraved work, ceramics etc …
Picasso’s personal collection includes African and Oceanic works of art, works of famous painters such as Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir, Braque, Miro … and more than 100,000 pieces of archives (letters, photos, etc.). ..)
This set is the largest and most complete in the world for Picasso’s knowledge.
The collection includes famous works such as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Guernica, Les Menines and many others. The museum also displays works by contemporary artists who were influenced by Picasso, such as Jasper Johns, David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein.
In addition to the permanent collection, the museum offers temporary exhibitions that explore specific themes related to Picasso’s work or to modern and contemporary art.
The museum also has a library specializing in modern and contemporary art, an auditorium for lectures and film screenings, and a children’s area where educational activities and workshops are offered.
From Tuesday to Friday: 10:30 – 18:00
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays (except Mondays): 9.30am -18pm.
5 rue de Thorigny, Paris 3rd
Metro line 8: Porte Doré
Bus: PC, 46
All in all, the Musée National Picasso-Paris is a must-see for modern and contemporary art lovers, offering an impressive collection of works by one of the most influential artists in the history of art, in a beautiful and well-maintained setting.