THE PARIS PICASSO MUSEUM
If you are traveling to Paris before the end of October and want to visit the Picasso museum, you will be disappointed. If you journey after the end of October you will be happy to know that the Paris Picasso museum is finally set to reopen – three years later than planned. The museum, housing one of most extensive collections of Spanish artist’s work, is now scheduled to reopen five years after closing for renovation on October 25th 2014. In May of this year the Culture Ministry announced that it would open in September, but apparently that date has now been changed to October.
The final bill for the refurbishment of the 17th-century baroque mansion now stands at 52 million Euros, 22 million Euros higher the original budget due to changes in the scope of the work. The museum’s exhibition space will be more than doubled to 40,000 square feet (3,800 square metres) after the renovation.
Although the museum has around 5,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and documents, previously only a fraction could be displayed at any one time due to limited space. There will also be a corresponding rise in the number of visitors that can be admitted at once from 380 to 650, and annual admission figures are expected to jump from 450,000 to 850,000.
Photos taken in Paris in July 2014.
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