The attic in Paris where Pablo
Picasso painted Guernica, which is part of a building being converted into a hotel, will be preserved as a studio after a two-year campaign to save it. After an agreement with Helzear, the company converting the 17th-century building on Rue des Grands Augustins, it will become a cultural centre—including a space on the ground floor—backed by a new foundation to be run by Maya Widmaier-Picasso, daughter of the artist (right, working on Guernica, 1937), and her children. The Musée Picasso in Paris will help launch a programme of artists’ residencies at the hotel. The agreement puts an end to a bitter legal dispute between the owners of the building, the Paris chamber of judicial officers, and the cultural association that occupied the attic from 2002 to 2013, the Comité National pour l’Education Artistique.