May 13, 2014
By Michael Kramer
Paris is grappling with two controversies surrounding one of its most famous former citizens.
One concerns an historic preservation panel that meets today to decide the fate of a Left Bank studio – where Pablo Picasso lived and worked for 19 years.
It’s where he painted his famed anti-war opus “Guernica” in 1937.
A legal group that owns the 17th-century manor containing the studio wants to renovate it – and possibly convert it into a luxury hotel.
But some high-profile art lovers say the studio deserves state protection from re-development. The panel may place the studio on a national register of historic sites.
The second controversy sees Picasso’s son lashing out at the Culture Ministry over delays to the re-opening of the Paris Picasso Museum.