Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy, Finance and Recovery, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, and Olivier Dussopt, responsible for Public Accounts, announce the entry into the national collections of a set of 8 works by Pablo Picasso as well as a «tiki» statuette from his former personal collection.

Maya Ruiz-Picasso, The artist’s eldest daughter, born in 1935 of the union of the painter with her partner Marie-Thérèse Walter, mobilized the mechanism of dation, in payment of transfer duties payable free of charge as part of a donation-partage. This date testifies to Maya Ruiz-Picasso’s desire to continue to contribute significantly to the dissemination of Pablo Picasso’s work in the country where he had chosen to live in 1904.

Works accepted in dation - six paintings, a sculpture and a notebook of drawings of the artist as well as an extra-European work of art from his former personal collection to the legendary aura- were assigned to the National Picasso-Paris Museum.

This exceptional acquisition will be celebrated in 2022 during an exhibition dedicated to a season dedicated to Maya Ruiz-Picasso. From 19 April 2022, the Picasso Museum will present to the public all the works of dation according to a path built around these nine masterpieces.

The dation system in France

Introduced by the Law of 31 December 1968, adopted at the instigation of André Malraux, and which came into force in 1970, the procedure allows for the exceptional payment of inheritance and transfer duties free of charge between living persons, the right to share and the tax on real estate wealth, by handing over to the State cultural property recognized as having high artistic or historical value. This procedure, instructed by the Interministerial Commission for the Approval of the Conservation of the National Artistic Heritage, has contributed to the enrichment of the collections for more than half a century.

Works in dation of the collection Maya Ruiz-Picasso

With nine major pieces, the Maya Ruiz-Picasso dation is part of this founding history of the museum initiated in the mid-1970s and prolongs its spirit. Multidisciplinary and covering a wide temporal spectrum, from 1895 to 1971, it constitutes a valuable and incomparable complement; which further strengthens the identity of the collection and confirms its position as an international reference. From the very first years of training during which the young prodigy brilliantly executed portraits of his father, to the last seasons of his life marked by an intense practice of painting, from the radical experiments carried out in sculpture during the Second World War, to the cycles of variations according to Manet in the early 1960s, the newly acquired works constitute a unique corpus that allows us to approach man and his work in all their complexity.