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News July 2014

Agreement reached with Four Seasons Picasso tapestry

July 16, 2014

In June news arrived that Picasso’s 1919 Le Tricorne tapestry, which has hung in the passage way connecting the Pool and Grill Rooms within the landmark-designated Four Seasons restaurant (Philip Johnson, 1959) will be moving to the New-York Historical Society. The relocation comes after a protracted dispute between Aby Rosen, head of the company that owns the Seagram Building, and the New York Landmarks Conservancy, which owns the painted tapestry. Large and very brittle, moving the artwork is a complicated affair. Furthermore, Johnson designed the space with the tapestry in mind. Unfortunately, local Landmarks regulation does not apply to moveable installations. The deal negotiated between Rosen and Peg Breen of the Conservancy entails Rosen covering the expenses for the tapestry’s delicate relocation and restoration.

After Much Debate, Picasso Curtain Will Be Moved From the Four Seasons,” NY Times (June 12, 2014)

Photo by Annie Fitzsimmons