Art-lovers laud Picasso museum reopening in Paris


PABLO Picasso once said: "Give me a museum and I'll fill it." Whether he did say it or not, it sounds like him, a serial overproducer. And in a grey, leaf-drifting October in Paris, he's as good as his word. The Picasso Museum, which closed for expansion in 2009, has finally reopened at more than twice its former size, but years overschedule and wrapped in a swirl of intrigue.

For the news media, the renovation project has been a gift. Work on the Baroque mansion that houses the museum, the world's largest Picasso collection, dragged scandalously on and on. Budgets ballooned. There were shocked firings (Anne Baldassari, the museum's director was dismissed), high-level hissy fits and ad hominem...

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