Se revoir Pablo Picasso
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When I was 13, I took summer classes in Spanish at the Centro Cultural de España (in Manila). There I first encountered Pablo Picasso's work. I remember wondering why he was regarded as such an important artist when his paintings were weird and ugly. He couldn't even draw a face properly. I seriously thought I could do a better job. But I have come to be more open minded since then.
I read that he used to say he's the biggest collector of Picasso paintings. And so when he died, his family had to give up over 3,500 paintings, sculptures, and other art pieces in order to pay for the inheritance tax, that later became the Museé National Picasso Paris today. This museum has the biggest collection of his work including many of his earlier paintings and even pencil sketches. They were arranged chronologically so it's quite a journey viewing them. I saw that his earlier paintings were realistic. Then we walk through the period of cubism which is my favorite. Towards the end we see that his work became more wild, many resembling monsters and a lot of black. I wonder if he was dreaming them in his sleep, or perhaps even while he was awake? He must have so much artistic energy that needs to be exorcised through his work of art. His creative works screams. One can feel the energy exude through them. They made my heart pounds and left me breathless. I think it is amazing that it was able to stir emotion in my untrained eye. I think it would be interesting to read more about this genius' life.
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Is one of the world's most extraordinary museum! It houses one of the largest collection of modern art in the world. The building structure itself is a spectacle on its own with a merry meeting of steel, glass, colorful pvc pipes and a see-thru escalator visible from the outside. It looks like a building still under construction or others would term it, a building that looks inside out.
I thought I'd come here first after seeing lot of classical artwork at the châteaux and Rijk Museum. I'm a fan of modern art although I don't claim to understand them. I like how they shock and make one ponder and often fun to look at.
One can start the appreciation from outside by admiring the remarkable building. It has an interesting fountain that I cannot say I like or not. There are cafés all around where you can sit and admire the building from all sides. Of course, the countless souvenir shops. There's a big quadrangle of open space where street performers and painters/artists scattered around.
Inside, the museum is overwhelmingly grand and modern.
The nicest thing about here is that they allow you to take as much pictures as you like, as long as you don't use flash. I took everything that enchanted me which I will upload here. It has a relaxing and freedom feel in there. It even has benches where you can just sit and stare into space, but I didn't stay too long, remembering my mission this weekend. I enjoyed the Philip Stark collection, work of Picasso, Kandinsky, Kupka, Staël, etc. It has more than traditional paintings and sculpture, it also has pop arts, video, and many, many eccentric works that indeed merit your shock, interest, and pondering.
Museum Pass is a great deal, if you like museums, but then why won't you visit museums in Paris? Some of the great benefits of having a pass are:
(1) it lets you visit as many museums (over 60 museums & monuments) as you can within the number of days you chose. Your options are 2 days, 4 days, and 6 days.
(2) You will be able to skip the long queue to get the tickets that could take 2-3 hours, especially the popular museums like the Louvre, Versailles, D'Orsay, Pompidou, etc.
(3) If you're strategic enough and able to visit 2 or 3 museums a day, the total savings will be significant.
The pass has no expiration, but once you started, you can't stop, because you have to use it on consecutive days. Donc, the marathon.