The famous Picasso Museum, containing one of the world's largest collections of the artist's work, is set to open after a five-year refurbishment. Tara Cleary reports.
The Picasso Museum in Paris is finally reopening. Closed for five years for renovations, the space houses one of the world's largest collections of works by Pablo Picasso. But infighting, delays and controversy have marked the repairs, and several prominent officials have been fired, including the museum's president for the past nine years, Anne Baldassari. Baldassari says visiting the museum is like touring the 20th century with Picasso as your guide. SOUNDBITE: Anne Baldassari, former Director, Picasso Museum, saying (French): "Picasso is a philosopher, he is a poet. He tells us: 'That's how I can look at the reality, how I can capture the violence, fear, beauty, suffering, destruction', and notably during wartime. WWI, WWII and the Spanish civil war." Even though many works in the more than 5,000-strong collection have travelled, some are too fragile to be moved, so Baldassari says the restored museum is a must-see. SOUNDBITE: Anne Baldassari, former Director, Picasso Museum, saying (French): "We find all the jewels of the collection, all the works which have never travelled: the little guitars, the sand paintings, the plaster works, all these can't travel." The Picasso Museum will reopen on October 25, which also marks the birthday of the artist, who was born in 1881 in Malaga, Spain, but spent most of his adult life in France.