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After a five-year closure for what was supposed to be only a two-year refurbishment, Paris' Picasso Museum reopened Saturday – the artist's birthday – with arguments over the $66-million project still reverberating.The museum – housed in a 17th-century mansion in Paris's trendy Marais quarter – has been extensively modernized and enlarged to more than twice its previous size.The sacking of the museum's previous director Anne Baldassari in May 2014, just months before the reopening, has cast a shadow over the project.The director, who had been at the helm for nine years and at the museum for over two decades, was summarily sacked by France's then culture minister, Aurelie Filippetti, following a staff rebellion and accusations of authoritarian management.In future, the museum is expected to hold one major exhibition each year.
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