After years as one of New York’s largest public art installations, “Le Tricorne,” the famous 95-year-old Picasso curtain that has hung in the Four Seasons restaurant on 52nd Street since 1959 when the establishment opened, will soon be moved. The 19-by-20-foot stage curtain, which resembles a tapestry, had long been thought too fragile to move. Aby J. Rosen, the owner of the Seagram building which holds the restaurant, has wanted to remove the installation for years, but received pushback from the art community and the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which took the Four Seasons to court.
Weeks later, it has been decided that the Picasso artwork will be relocated to the New York Historical Society on the Upper West Side, which hosts a number of the city’s artifacts.
The tapestry which hangs for now on a wall between the restaurant’s two dining rooms, is currently valued at $1.6 million.
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