Visiting the Musée Picasso is not only a study in the artist’s sublime collection of work but also an enchanting stroll through the newly renovated museum, the light-filled 17th-century Hotel Salé which includes a masterful central staircase based on Michelangelo’s plan for the Laurentian Library in Florence, Italy.
Whether you’ve explored Picasso’s works before or not, there’s something to learn from each visit. Seeing a new piece from a certain period or the juxtaposition of the work may speak to you in a new and different way. When you consider how vast and varied Picasso’s collection is—from drawings to paintings, to collages and sculptures, to pottery and other assemblages—it is extraordinary to realize all of it came from a single artist. Did you know he was also a poet, playwright and set designer? Often labeled as a genius, what we know for sure is Picasso was an artist with consummate curiosity, energy and an urgent desire to express himself and the world around him.
The photos below are from my recent visit to the Picasso museum for the Picasso-Giacometti exhibit, oeuvres of two masters and two friends. It was and is altogether inspiring…
“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web” – Pablo Picasso