News Articles Library Event Photos Contact Search

Displaying items by tag: anne baldassari

Four years ago, in the French newspaper "Libération," I revealed the extraordinary discovery of a previously unknown collection of works by Pablo Picasso.

The news flashed around the world. “Never before has such an important ensemble of works—completely unknown until now—been found in private hands”, said Anne Baldassari, then the director of the Musée Picasso in Paris. The value of these works could be as high as €70m.

Now, the epilogue to the story is being played out in the French courts.

Published in News

Laurent Le Bon, the director of the Musée Picasso only arrived in the troubled Paris institution in June but he has worked quickly to repair relations and establish new ones.

A peace agreement was signed with his predecessor, Anne Baldassari, on 1 September. The contract is supposed to be secret, but she issued a press release asserting she was also going to write a catalogue for the museum’s 5,000 works. It is too soon to know if this is the first sign of an attempted comeback or if the transition is proceeding as smoothly as the French Culture Ministry would like.

Published in News

The problematic Musée Picasso in Paris, which has been going through political upheaval has received some good news. Pablo Picasso’s eldest daughter, Maya Widmaier-Picasso, has donated two works by her father to the institution. Last June, Anne Baldassari, president since 2005 was fired, replaced by Centre Pompidou-Metz director Laurent Le Bon. This has created a split in the Picasso family. The changes have occured because of the delayed five-year renovation project, which has caused a massive spending deficit.

A 1908 drawing of a woman’s face in the Cubist style, containing a portrait of the poet Guillaume Apollinaire on the reverse of the page has been gifted by the artist's daughter.

Published in News
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 12:09

Paris’s Picasso Museum Appoints New Director

The director of the Pompidou-Metz Laurent Le Bon has been appointed president of the Musée Picasso in Paris, which is due to reopen at the end of September after a five-year refurbishment. Le Bon succeeds to Anne Baldassari, who was dismissed last month due to her much-criticized management style.

Published in News
Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:36

Picasso Museum Board Member Steps Down

The French journalist Anne Sinclair has resigned from the board of trustees at Paris’s Musée Picasso, after less than a month in the post.

Sinclair, the granddaughter of the late French dealer Paul Rosenberg who represented Picasso, joined the board of the beleaguered museum on 28 April. But she stepped down in mid-May after Anne Baldassari, the museum’s former director, was dismissed by Aurélie Filippetti, the French minister of culture.

Published in News

Picasso Museum chair Anne Baldassari has been removed from her post by Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti in response to complaints about the poor condition of the facility, which is slated to reopen in September, the French Culture Ministry said Tuesday.

Filippetti had asked the Inspector General's Office for Cultural Affairs, or ICAG, to prepare a report on the museum, which has been plagued by delays in its remodeling and complaints from the Picasso heirs that France does not value the painter.

Published in News