3. There’s A Recovering Picasso Work Inside the New-York Historical Society
“Le Tricorne” tapestry on the left wall
Pablo Picasso’s “Le Tricorne” used to hang in the lobby of the Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building. The 19-by-20 foot tapestry hung against a wall that was very damaged, so the owners of the Seagram wanted to take town the tapestry down to repair the wall. There was some conflict over the removal of the Picasso work. Having been hung there for 55 years, it, too, was falling apart, and removal could destroy the work.
There was a rumor going around that the owner just really didn’t like the Picasso, and were looking for a way to get rid of it. Whatever the decision, the tapestry was successfully moved and installed in the New-York Historical Society building, on display since March 29, 2015. It was the first Picasso work to enter the New-York Historical’s collection. It is currently being shown with other N-YHS objects, many from the European tradition that give background on Picasso’s work and the traditions he rebelled against. See the video of its installation here.