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Paris Picasso museum to reopen after five years

Published on Feb 19, 2014 6:29 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Five years after it closed for a two-year renovation, Paris's Picasso museum - which houses one of the world's most extensive collections of the Spanish master's work - is to reopen its doors.

The final bill for the refurbishment of the 17th-century baroque mansion in Paris's historic Marais quarter now stands at 52 million euros (S$89.7 million), 22 million euros more than the original budget due to changes in the scope of the work.

The museum is scheduled to open to the public again in June, president of the gallery Anne Baldassari told AFP, adding that a more than doubling of the space available would allow curators to really "do justice to the collection".

Although the museum has around 5,000 paintings drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and documents, previously only a fraction could be displayed at any one time due to the limited space available.

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