“Portrait of Dora Maar,” part of the exhibit, by Picasso.

When the Musée National Picasso, Paris, closed its doors in August for a $28 million renovation, the scoop was that its 5,000 artworks by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) would be locked away for more than two years.

The museum would stop lending out Picasso artworks, The Associated Press reported, while experts updated, computerized and restored its inventory.

Well, someone somewhere along the line changed his or her mind.

And the Seattle Art Museum is the first American beneficiary of that change of heart.

“Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris,” an exhibit of more than 150 works of art, from paintings and sculptures to prints, drawings and photographs, opens at SAM on Oct. 8 and will be on display through Jan. 9, 2011.


Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times