In 1995, Mrs Barbara Piasecka Johnson lent part of her collection to the Principality. Since then, it has been on display at the Visitation Chapel in Monaco-Ville. One could admire the Baroque-style 17th century paintings by Italian, Spanish and Flemish masters, such as Rubens, Zurbaran and Ribera.
The BPJ Holding Corporation has informed H.S.H. Prince Albert II of the requests set out in Mrs. Barbara Piasecka Johnson's will. Mrs. Barbara Piasecka Johnson died on 1 April 2013, and, in line with her wishes, her art collection will be sold shortly by Christie's (in July 2014) to raise funds to further the aims of her foundation, including helping autistic children.
In conformity with the loan agreement, these works are due to leave the Principality at the beginning of May. The museum will be closed temporarily while work is carried out. The museum, which displays works of sacred art, will then reopen to the public.