Priceless Picasso painting on display in a supermarket near the beer aisle
A Picasso painting is on display in an unlikely place: a supermarket.
L’Atelier de Picasso intrigued customers who came to do their shopping, some of whom wondered if the work of art was a real Picasso painting.
One client, Ibrib Joannem, said the painting “does something to me”.
The Spanish artist Pablo Picasso painted “L’Atelier” in October 1955 in memory of another great artist and his friend, Henri Matisse. The work depicts the interior of Picasso’s studio in a villa in Cannes, France.
“L’Atelier” is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou Museum in Paris. Underground security, police and other rescuers are on hand to ensure the safety of the priceless work of art.
The unusual exhibition space, the market, is located between two relatively small towns, Vigneux-sur-Seine and Montgeron, allowing locals to admire works of art typically exhibited in national museums in France’s largest cities. .
“You can take the children easily here while it is often difficult to go to Paris,” said Aline Vidal, who was with her 5 and 6 year old granddaughters.
“I am delighted that this work is presented in the middle of pumpkins, watermelons and beers”, declared Serge Lasvignes, president of the Center Pompidou, “where the reality is, where the life of the people is”.
“It is not the Center Pompidou collection but that of France, because it is national, and we share it with all French people, wherever they are,” added Lasvignes.
Mayor of Montgeron, Sylvie Carillon said there was a partnership between the Essonne region and the Center Pompidou to make art more accessible and the supermarket seemed “very suitable for that”.
“I was very moved to see that even the supermarket workers were staring at the painting with wide eyes. There was a lot of emotion,” Carillon told ABC News.
“This project is really about moving works of art for a larger audience… for people who are not used to going to museums, for example,” she said.
And indeed, Picasso himself is said to have said: “Art washes away the dust of everyday life from the soul. Some therapists agree, saying there is a psychological benefit to making art accessible to the masses.
“Certainly, art facilitates the externalization of feelings and can trigger the desire to open your heart with family and friends,” psychotherapist Yves Wauthier-Freymann told ABC News, adding that “art for all “can help people believe that” endless possibilities exist and open up a new perspective. “
Bringing masterpieces out of “ordinary places” in the heart of Paris is a goal of the Center Pompidou, a museum spokesperson said. Other works have been exhibited in Fleury-Mérogis prisons and in a courthouse in Bobigny. The next exhibition will take place in a social center in Evry, another district of Essone, on July 3.
The Essone region should have its own art museum in December 2025, the Nouveau Center Pompidou, 40 minutes by car from Paris. The New Center will house 120,000 pieces from the permanent collection currently stored in Paris. The center will also have an exhibition space.