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Picasso £20 million picture “ripped” at Tate Modern

Bust of a Woman 1944 Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Lent from a private collection 2011 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/L03007

A £20 million Picasso painting hanging in London’s Tate Modern has been damaged.

“Bust of a Woman” was “ripped” during opening hours.

The picture has been removed from view and the damage is being assessed by conservation experts.

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The gallery has declined to comment on the extent of the rip.

A spokesperson said a member of the public had attempted to damage a painting, and a suspect had been “swiftly apprehended”.

The Metropolitan Police said:

“Detectives investigating an incident of criminal damage at the Tate Modern, Bankside, on Saturday 28 December have charged a man.”

A 20-year-old man – Shakeel Ryan Massey from London – appeared before local magistrates.

He was denied bail and has been remanded in custody until a pre-trial hearing at Inner London Crown Court on 30 January.

Bust of a Woman was painted in Paris in 1944 during the Nazi occupation.

The picture is of photographer Dora Maar sitting on a metal chair wearing a hat and green clothing.

It’s said Maar was Picasso’s lover.

 

 

 

 

 

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