Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stumbling into a Picasso

The Actor, by Pablo Picasso (photographed by “Carol” on 26 April 2007,Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Strange, but true:

The Pablo Picasso painting “The Actor” will undergo repair work, after a woman visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art fell onto the painting and tore the canvas, according to the museum.

The museum said the Picasso work was damaged Friday when a visitor lost her balance and fell onto the unusually large 6-foot, 4-inch work.

The six-inch tear is on the lower right-hand corner of the painting, the museum said in a news release Sunday.

The museum did not provide details of the incident beyond saying the visitor fell onto the painting. Repair work should be “unobtrusive,” the museum said.

As you can see, from the photo above, it just hangs on the wall. And, why wouldn’t it? Not every Picasso is priceless, of course, but, his works do not come cheap. It’s like every other painting in every other museum, except for a few rare masterworks that are behind glass or protected in some other way by something such as—gasp—a velvet rope.

That must have caused a stir. There are numerous examples of the mentally deranged, harming works of art. Fortunately, this appears to be a no-fault accident. Isn’t this what insurance is for? No harm, no foul.

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