On Saturday, 25 October, the 133rd anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s birth, the museum named after him is due to reopen in Paris. It has been closed for the past five years undergoing a major and controversial renovation.
This long-awaited event follows a series of frustrating delays and contested construction work that finally pushed President François Hollande to sack Anne Baldassari, the museum’s head for the past decade. In June, Laurent Le Bon, 45, was given an emergency mission to reopen the Musée Picasso.
It has been a difficult task, but Le Bon appears to have succeeded with the help of the team, including colleagues alienated by Baldassari. As surprising as it may be, and despite the bitter row surrounding her dismissal, Baldassari will be responsible for the opening exhibition.
Baldassari’s opening show will start to be replaced after six months, however, and Le Bon’s own programme will start next year, as part of the celebrations for the museum’s 30th anniversary. His first hang is due to be unveiled in September 2015. He told The Art Newspaper, that it will stress “the creative process of the artist and the links with contemporary art”.