Rosen, Landmarks Conservancy end war over Picasso tapestry

95-year-old curtain to be relocated to New York Historical Society

Aby Rosen, Picasso's "Le Tricorne" and the Four Seasons Restaurant
Aby Rosen, Picasso's "Le Tricorne" and the Four Seasons Restaurant

A public battle between Aby Rosen and the Landmarks Conservancy over where to house a Pablo Picasso-painted curtain has finally been settled.

The 95-year-old tapestry, which currently hangs in the Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building — owned by star developer Rosen — is being relocated to the New York Historical Society.

Rosen, the co-founder of RFR Holding, had wanted to move “Le Tricorne,” arguing that repairs needed to be done to the wall behind the tapestry. But the Landmarks Conservancy, a nonprofit which owns the 19-by-20-foot curtain, claimed moving the fragile piece of art would likely destroy it.

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Following several weeks of negotiations, however, the parties agreed to relocate the Picasso original. The artwork will now make the 25-block move to the Historical Society’s Dexter Hall at 77th Street and Central Park West, The New York Times reported.

The tapestry, which depicts a bullfight, has hung in the Seagram Building since 1959. Rosen, whose private art collection is valued at more than $500 million, agreed to pay the expense of removing and transporting the Picasso art. [NYT]Sasha von Oldershausen