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"Every act of creation is first an act of destruction," said Pablo Picasso, a fitting aphorism for the five-year renovation of the Picasso Museum in Paris that is now reaching its finale.But the world's largest Picasso collection will reopen its doors in June, showcasing the works of the prolific artist who died in 1973 in exposition space that has tripled in size to 3,800 square meters over five floors.Architect Jean-Francois Bodin had the task of rethinking a museum that could accommodate up to 1 million visitors per year while respecting the historic monument, one of the most elegant of 17th-century mansions in the chic Marais district.The museum first opened to the public in 1985 after the Hotel Sale was chosen as the venue to display the prodigious collection donated by Picasso's heirs to the French state.
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