One centres on the
The other is about the fate of a
As with many of the Cubist great's works, little is as it first appears.
A legal group has owned the 17th-century manor containing the studio since before Picasso worked there, and now wants to renovate it — perhaps as a luxury hotel.
Some high-profile art lovers are up in arms and say the studio deserves state protection from re-development. The case has raised questions about whether the birthplaces of great art — not just the works — deserve state protection from re-development as part of national heritage.
The panel meeting Tuesday may put it on a national register of historic sites, which could make any redevelopment more costly and time-consuming at the least.
A group of artists and actors including
Whatever officials decide, the redevelopment "will in no way impact the historic character of the building," said
Casabona was quoted in Le Parisien newspaper as suggesting that the birthplace of "Guernica" might become a "jacuzzi suite." He later told
Two French cultural officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the studio bears no visible traces of Picasso's presence. One noted that the artist was evicted in 1955 for not paying his rent.
Filippetti has a bigger public headache when it comes to Picasso.
Speaking to Le Figaro earlier this month,
Filippetti's ministry then lashed out in a statement at "erroneous" media reports about the delay, and called on "everyone to get past personal interests" and get enthusiastic about the upcoming reopening.
"No polemic will sway the state from its mission" to protect and display national heritage, and to ensure proper workplace conditions and completion of the renovation, the statement said.
The museum's beauty and rich collections, it said, will "in no way suffer from an opening in September."
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