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In Lens, the love and hate story between Picasso and the Louvre revealed


REPORT - The story between the painter and the museum, made of cannibalization and provocation, is told on neutral ground, through 450 works and documents.

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In the string of “Picasso and…” exhibitions initiated with the museums of France by Laurent Le Bon when he was patron of the Picasso Museum (“Picasso and the popular arts” in Marseille in 2016, “… and the primitive arts” at the Quai Branly in 2017, “… and Picabia” in 2018 in Aix, “… and the bathers” in 2020 in Lyon…), here is the centerpiece: a journey detailing the master's relationship to the Louvre and vice versa.

The subject is so dense that it took the vast and clear volumes of the museum's antenna in Lens to treat it correctly.

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All the more so as the curator, Dimitri Salmon, scientific collaborator in the paintings department, has scoured the enormous mass of the archives as an ultramethodical investigator.

“That is

,” he says, “

190 correspondence binders and some 2,000 press clippings, in the Louvre study center alone.

And, of course, it was also necessary to excavate at the National Archives (national museum collection), in Beaubourg and in the shelves of the Hôtel Salé.

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Source: lefigaro

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