New Picasso museum planned in Aix-en-Provence

With over 2,000 works by the artist, many unknown to public

26 February, 11:34

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 26 - A new Pablo Picasso museum is planned for southern France's Aix-en-Provence, with an estimated opening in 2021 to showcase the iconic and multifaceted 20th-century Spanish artist.

    There are currently three other Picasso museums in France, located in Paris, Antibes, and Vallauris; three in Spain, located in Barcelona, A Coruna, and Malaga; as well as one in Munich, Germany.

    However, the one planned for Aix-en-Provence will contain an exceptional collection: the inheritance of Catherine Hutin-Blay, who was the daughter of Picasso's second wife and muse, Jacqueline Roque.

    The collection contains over 2,000 works, many of which are unknown to the general public and mainly from the artist's Malaga period between 1952 to 1973, the year of his death.

    The works include a thousand paintings and a thousand other works including sculptures, ceramics, illustrations and photographs.

    Spanish media said Hutin-Blay was reserved and shy, and had been thinking of creating the museum not far from the Château de Vauvenargues in Aix-en-Provence, where Picasso and her mother are buried.

    She recently purchased a 12th-century convent in Aix-en-Provence, which will be remodeled to host the inherited works, as well as temporary exhibitions, a Picasso research centre, a 200-seat auditorium, and spaces for artistic workshops on ceramics and engraving.

    The museum will be named after Jacqueline and Pablo Picasso.

    During the couple's 11 years of marriage, the Spanish artist painted over 400 portraits of Jacqueline, both realistic and abstract, painting 160 of them in just one year, 1963.

    The city of Aix-en-Provence estimates the new museum will attract a half-million visitors per year.

    Some of the works from Picasso's stepdaughter's inheritance will be loaned to Berlin's Museum Barberini for a show to open in March 2019.(ANSAmed).

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