Picasso's eldest daughter has promised to donate one of her father's drawings and a notebook of sketches to the newly-renovated
The renovation of the museum in the Marais district, which has taken five years, has been mired in controversy and crisis., and the reopening date has been postponed several times. The work has run over budget and schedule, staff have issued complaints and the culture minister, AurÉlie Filippetti, fired the director in charge of the project.
The museum already has 5,000 works by Picasso, often regarded as the 21st century's greatest artist, including 300 paintings and a similar number of sculptures.
Enlarging the museum, which opened in 1985, included the purchase of a neighbouring building to create offices, and will more than double the exhibition space from 1,600 to 3,800 sq metres.
Until now, lack of space has meant only a fraction of the Picasso works held by the museum could be displayed and many were held in storage.
She announced her donation through her lawyer.
The drawing, done by in 1908 during Picasso's Cubist period, shows a woman's face. The bottom half of the face of the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire is drawn on the back. The drawing of the top half of Apollinaire's face is already in the museum. The notebook contains 38 pencil studies of nudes done in
The museum's director,
She was sacked in May, however, reportedly after a management crisis sparked staff complaints, and was replaced a month later by
Baldassari's removal provoked a damaging rift between
"[Baldassari] is the scientific authority who has been responsible for the growth of the museum since many years, she has put on exhibitions with the collections abroad to raise €31m of the €52m needed for the [renovation] work, she has conceived the new spaces to rehang the collection better … I have already said and I say it again, I will be very wary and will consider as an impostor any curator who thinks they can take her place," he told Le Figaro at the time.
The modernisation work will also make the museum wheelchair accessible, and will enable the number of visitors at any one time to be increased from 380 to 650, increasing admissions to an expected 850,000 a year.
Meanwhile the French ministry of culture is reported to be considering plans to open three of
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