Feb 10, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Hang on there – step away from the Picasso.

Workers had planned to remove a tapestry painted by Pablo Picasso at the Four Seasons Restaurant in Manhatten yesterday – but the move was halted by a New York State Supreme Court Judge.

The canvas curtain has hung in the hallway of the restaurant on Park Avenue in the Seagram Building for more than 50 years.

The company that owns the building said they would take the Picasso down to repair a limestone wall behind it.

But on Friday a judge ruled that the building’s owners were prohibited from removing the Picasso curtain from its current location – without the consent of the New York Landmarks Conservancy – who owns the painting.

The agency says moving the tapestry would cause irreparable damage and the safest thing to do – is leave it where it is.

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