Picasso Museum re-opened in October 2014, after 5 years refurbishment. A stunning collection, donated to the French state after the artist’s death. The Marais mansion in which it is housed, built in the 1650s for Pierre Aubert de Fontenay, collector of the gable, or salt tax, thus, Hôtel Salé. The restoration has maintained the modernist 1980’s approach created by the architect Roland Simounet. The entrance leads onto the grand sculpted stairway with its cherubs, garlands and busts of Jupiter and Apollo.
Paintings are hung alongside sculptures, prints and drawings. The Museum will be closed from June 23rd to prepare for a special exhibition that opens in September 2015. The Picasso museum is in the heart of the Marais, the oldest part of Paris, near the famous Place des Vosges.