Museums Controversies France

Director of Picasso museum dismissed

The museum remains closed to the public

Anne Baldassari, the director of the Musée Picasso, has been dismissed after mounting criticism of her management of the Paris museum. Aurélie Filippetti, the French minister of culture, met Baldassari yesterday, and took drastic action following delays to major refurbishment work. The museum has been closed almost five years for renovations and its reopening has now been pushed back to September. Baldassari’s management style has been under scrutiny. The French newspaper Libération reported this week that a letter calling for a change of leadership had been signed by many members of her staff. However, Picasso’s son Claude has defended Baldassari, blaming others. “I have the feeling that France does not care about my father or me,” he said. The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reminded Claude Picasso that the collection does not belong to his family but the French state.

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