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May 16, 2014

Picasso Museum director dismissed over renovation

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Casabona was quoted in Le Parisien newspaper as suggesting that the birthplace of “Guernica” might become a “jacuzzi suite.” He later told The Associated Press he was being provocative with that remark.

Two French cultural officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the studio bears no visible traces of Picasso’s presence. One noted that the artist was evicted in 1955 for not paying his rent.

Culture Minister Filippetti’s office said last week that she favors stronger protections for the site, and instructed envoys to the preservation panel to vote to put it on a historic register.

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