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Video: Paris Picasso museum celebrates long-awaited reopening

FRANCE 24, screen grab I The Picasso Museum in Paris is re-opening after a five-year renovation.
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After extensive renovations, the Pablo Picasso Museum in Paris will reopen Saturday on the anniversary of the artist’s birthday.

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French President François Hollande spoke at the much-anticipated opening ceremony.

“This museum is one of the most beautiful in the world. It's also one of the most moving because it shows the prolific work of the most famous artist of the 20th century. From room to room, from floor to floor, we see the evolution of Pablo Picasso and the changes in periods. There is a certain creativity that comes from Picasso's personal life but also from the history of the 20th century and its tragedies; events that shocked the painter and inspired the artist,” he said.

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The reopening follows a five-year renovation, which caused scandal as the popular museum was originally set to be closed for only two years. The painter's son Claude Picasso accused the French government of indifference this summer and said he was "scandalised and very worried" about the future of the museum.

The Musée Picasso Paris collection comprises over 5,000 works and tens of thousands of archived pieces. This collection is the only one in the world to present both Picasso’s complete oeuvre of painted, sculpted, engraved and illustrated work as well as a precise record of his creative process, including sketches, studies, drafts, notebooks, etchings in various stages, photographs, illustrated books, films and documents.

“They've been restored, they've been reframed. They're in a new environment.... So we re-discover Picasso. We thought we knew him, when in fact, he's different!” said the museum’s director, about the changes to the display.

 

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