May 13, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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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.

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