Paris, Mar 4 (Entravision) .- The Picasso Museum in Paris last its reopening, scheduled in June, in order to receive more visitors and with 3,800 square meters where show in ideal conditions the works of the master from Malaga, according could discover today the press.
In January 2015, after he hung up its funds exclusively for six months, the Spanish also international Miquel Barcelo (1957)will inaugurate the new era of temporary exhibitions in the Hôtel Salé, XVII century palace converted at the Picasso Museum in 1985.
The Mallorcan artist it will reopen to contemporary art, “it will be a retrospective glance on the twentieth century, that will bring to Picasso (1881-1973) as a modern master of the child lied contemporary creation,” he said in an interview with EFE its President, Anne Baldassari.
For the moment, the flood still works a part of the ground floor of the hotel leaves, which gives access to the gallery, as well as their basements, while in the upper floors everything seems to be almost to point to receive the thousands of paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, photographs and documents to the museum.
are composed of 297 paintings, 307 sculptures and 4,000 graphic works by Picasso, as well as 46 tables of different artists and 20 ethnographic sculptures from his personal collection; 200,000 parts of files and 10,000 books.
“In time, we had half of the property that was private”, with offices,workshops, warehouse, technical facilities, but all this was emptied, installed outside, led to neighboring properties or transferred outside In Paris, highlighted Baldassari.
Now, “we have given all the historical monument to the public and the collection” and doubled the capacity of reception, that was before the closure of 380 concurrent visitors and will be of 650, a figure very close to that of the large Parisian buildings such as the Grand Palais, added the chairperson.
To do this, the museum will have with 37 exhibition halls, 13 more than in 2009, when with a surface area of public access of 1,600 square meters had to be shut down to be renewed “climate to level, technician, electrical, security and accessibility,” he recalled.
Chairman of the public establishment and head of works, Baldassari highlights have directed in addition a score of international exhibitions that financed 65 percent This megaproject of rehabilitation, in charge of the architects Stéphane Thouin, historical monuments, and Jean-Francois Bodin.
The Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid premiere the tour in February of 2008 with a sample agreed by the then chief of the Spanish Government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and that he was French president Jacques Chirac, who brought together nearly 500 works and 700,000 visitors, stressed the chairman.
To change, in virtue of the so-called “Agreements of Gerona”, Spain made a contribution of 3.5 million “fully invested in this project” for the modernization of the Picasso Museum, stressed.
against criticism unleashed in the past few months and the omens of the works that will be finished in no time, Baldassari maintains otherwise And he says that only “two and a half years,” this “will be without doubt the most short made in France in a historical monument” .
grants a six-month delay due to an unforeseen work whose realization, it was finally decided not to postpone, but it was 1,200 square meters and allowed additional “treat in a more subtle way museographic certain problems that require more time” .
“surprised” that the effort of the 12 members of the team of the Picasso Museum during these five years to face up to this “challenge” will attract by the time “above all criticism, negative questions” Baldassari is considered a fruit of “reflection sexist” .
“I fear that when a woman leads a large national museum is something difficult to accept,” pointed out this Art historian that he promises to respect deadlines, commitments and also the “scientific and cultural program of the Picasso museum”.
By Maria Luisa Gaspar.