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Museums

Plans for world's biggest Picasso museum in south of France scuppered

Aix-en-Provence city council says that sale fell through after negotiations with artist’s stepdaughter broke down

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Exhibitions

Basel’s new culture hub puts Caribbean artists, Picasso and Klaus Littmann’s nature project in the mix

Delayed by coronavirus, the new Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger has opened with the promise of free entry and catalogues for visitors

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Art crime

Man who punched £20m Picasso painting at Tate Modern is jailed for 18 months

Repairing the piece—on long-term loan from a private collection—will take more than a year and cost up to £350,000

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Controversies

Picasso murals ripped from Oslo building as legal battle intensifies

Daughter of the works' co-creator Carl Nesjar says safeguarding the sandblasted works is imperative

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Royal Academy of Arts

Picasso show sells out before it even reopens—but Royal Academy of Arts is still making a loss

The London institution has reopened after four months of coronavirus lockdown but under very different circumstances

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Controversies

With demolition of Oslo's Picasso-Nesjar murals imminent, Norwegian sculptor’s daughter speaks out

Carl Nesjar’s daughter talks about the Norwegian sculptor’s long collaboration with the Modern master and shares exclusive images of the pair

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Art market

Trial of Paris gallery over stolen Picasso works delayed until next year due to coronavirus court backlog

A handyman allegedly stole works on paper from the artist’s stepdaughter over three years, before they were discovered in the possession of the owner of Belle et Belle gallery

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coronavirus

Significant art emerged from traumas of the past—will the pandemic prove different?

As the coronavirus crisis stretches on, we look at how artists have captured confinement in recent history and what is being done now

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Heritage

Battle to save concrete Picasso murals in Oslo intensifies after MoMA steps in

“Workers at the Y-Block site have started drilling, but it’s worrying as once they start moving the mural, it will crack,” says co-creator’s daughter

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Museums & Heritage

China’s Giacometti and Picasso museum delayed by coronavirus

Launch of Beijing venue combining works by both artists is postponed—and some loans in doubt

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Diary

Coronavirus celebrity appeal: Elizabeth Hurley sports a Picasso facemask in aid of the NHS

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Diary

On the block at Sotheby’s: David Bowie’s wallpaper featuring Lucian Freud nude—and emasculated minotaurs

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Exhibitions

Picasso packs a punch: photography show offers unseen candid glimpses of artist's personal life

Exhibition at Le Vieux Chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, shows images captured by the war photographer David Douglas Duncan

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Exhibitions

Zervos: the name that can make or break a Picasso

An exhibition in Athens about the life of Christian Zervos, whose 33-volume catalogue of the artist is indispensable to the Picasso market

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Ruth Asawa's delicate structures to a revelatory show of Picasso's paper works

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Caught smuggling Picasso on his yacht, Spanish billionaire collector gets €52m fine and 18 months in prison

Jaime Botin, of the Santander dynasty, did not have a permit to export the painting

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Royal Academy of Arts to show rare Picasso drawings from ground-breaking 1956 film of the artist at work

Most of the works, created with felt tip pen on newsprint, have been lost, but two have been specially restored for London show

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Vandalism

Picasso painting of Dora Maar vandalised at Tate Modern

Conservation team assesses the defaced work; man is charged with criminal damage

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Art market

At $6.8m, Picasso hits the high mark at Toronto sale

Portrait of Dora Maar eclipses other auction offerings at Heffel

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Art law

French court upholds suspended sentence for Picasso's former electrician

Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danièle hoarded 271 works for 40 years

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China

Museum dedicated to Picasso and Giacometti to launch in Beijing

Paris-based institutions Musée National Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti will open space in 798 district next June

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Art fairs

How to pick the best print at New York's IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair

Under new leadership, the longest-running fair dedicated to prints hopes to educate buyers on the pros and cons of the medium

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Museums & Heritage

Blue on Blue: Picasso blockbuster comes to Toronto in 2020

An exhibition focusing on the artist’s Blue Period came together after high-tech examinations of the work revealed hidden surprises

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Artist interview

Interview with Sean Landers: Appropriating Picasso “because I want to be as great as him”

“I would like to leave a sad, funny, little painting”

Podcast

Ibrahim Mahama's ghosts of Ghana. Plus, China's epic Picasso show

We speak to the Ghanaian artist as he unveils a major new commission at the Whitworth as part of the Manchester International Festival. Plus, we find out about the Picasso blockbuster at UCCA in Beijing. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in Basel this weekend

From the towering ambitions of a young Picasso to Rebecca Horn's Body Fantasies

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Art Basel 2019

Fondation Beyeler's Young Picasso exhibition is the second most popular in the museum's history

Swiss museum extended the show to accommodate visitors to Europe for Art Basel and the Venice Biennale

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Art Basel 2019

Kunstmuseum Basel digs into the roots of Cubism

Exhibition traces the evolution of the splintered style that changed Modern art forever

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Exhibitions

At last, Dora Maar emerges from her lover Picasso’s shadow

Major survey of the Surrealist photographer at Centre Pompidou will travel to Tate Modern and the Getty Center

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Exhibitions

Picasso’s muses to be celebrated in three shows this summer

A show of the Spanish master’s works at Gagosian in New York will be followed by Dora Maar and Olga Khokhlova surveys in Europe

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In the frame

Down on the farm: Picasso masterpiece hangs in a Swiss barn

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Picasso painting of Dora Maar recovered by ‘Indiana Jones of the art world’

The €25m work was stolen 20 years ago from a yacht on the French Riviera

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Collecting

Five minutes with… Lorraine Kiang Malingue on the Asian art market

Dealer tells us about the challenges of running a space in Shanghai’s West Bund and how the gallery keeps up with the growing competition

Podcast

David Bailey in focus, plus Picasso biographer John Richardson remembered

We meet the photographer David Bailey at his London studio to discuss his new book and we talk with Gijs van Hensbergen about John Richardson, who died aged 95 last week. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Artists

Picasso biographer John Richardson dies, aged 95

We recently spoke to the art historian about his new book focusing on his extraordinary life, his homes and his eclectic personal collection

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Exhibitions

Skip the art history lesson—experience Picasso ‘intuitively’ at Musée d’Orsay's Blue and Rose blockbuster

The show promises a continuum in Picasso’s work, a gentle slide, rather than rigidly compartmentalised episodes

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Art market

US anti-money-laundering bill could reappear early next year

Critics say the proposed law, which stalled following the US mid-term elections, would place an unnecessary burden on dealers

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Museums & Heritage

In a Met protest, an artist posts her own labels next to a Picasso and Gauguin

She calls on museum to incorporate misogyny into the art historical narrative

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Law

Legal battle over Met's famous Picasso reignited by estate

The museum stands by its ownership of The Actor, which it says was never in the hands of Nazis

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Art Basel 2018

Multi-billion-dollar Picasso show heads to the Beyeler

The exhibition, which opens in February, will focus on Blue and Rose Periods

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Conservation & Preservation

New research reveals secrets beneath the surface of Picasso paintings

Discoveries about two Blue Period works in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s collection have inspired an upcoming exhibition

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Art market

Nahmads confirm Picasso’s $115m flower girl will go to Paris

Dealing dynasty says that the painting bought in the Rockefeller sale will be loaned to the Musée d’Orsay

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Art market

Modigliani nude leads Sotheby's $318.3m Impressionist and Modern auction

Sex sells—but only if it is guaranteed

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Amedeo Modigliani

Modigliani the maverick? Vienna show to position Italian artist alongside Picasso

Exhibition at the Albertina Museum in 2020 will “reposition” artist as an avant-garde innovator, organiser says

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Art market

Rockefeller heavy-hitters pull in $646m for charity at Christie's

Evening auction featuring the family's most valuable works set new records for Monet and Matisse

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In the frame

A New Spirit of Painting makes a comeback (with one woman artist this time)

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Tate Modern

Tate Modern hit with protests over cleaner dispute

There has been controversy at the gallery over the sponsor for the Picasso 1932 exhibition

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Art market

Picasso’s broad brush lifts the market

Is the Spanish artist’s star turn in London the start of a new phase of his market, or business as usual?

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Art market

Have we reached peak Picasso?

The Modern master's star continues to rise in the market

Comment

Two steps forward, one step back for Holocaust restitution

In a recent decision regarding Picasso’s Actor, the courts need to catch up with US government policy on Nazi-looted art

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Restitution

Nazi policies forced Jewish collectors like Paul Leffmann to sell their art, whatever the price

Restitution experts say New York law recognises third party duress, so why did a recent court decision on Picasso’s Actor not recognise this?

Analysis
Art Basel Hong Kong 2018

How big is the Picasso 'brand' in China?

Sotheby’s tests the waters with first oil painting at auction in Hong Kong

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VR project brings late Picasso work to life, at last

Bust of a Woman, which was never realised, would have been the world's tallest concrete sculpture

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Books

Peter Wilson: The man who invented modern auctioneering

Buccaneering, brilliant, art-loving—he created the power of Sotheby’s (and Christie’s learned by imitation)

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Auctions

Picasso painting of Marie-Thérèse gives Phillips the edge in London’s contemporary sales

A record sale at Christie’s and a solid result at Sotheby’s show the market is in full recovery

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From Picasso's year of masterpieces at Tate Modern to his fellow Spaniard Murillo's portraits at the National Gallery

Podcast

Podcast episode 22: the genius of Picasso

We take a tour of Tate Modern's blockbuster and explore the strength of Picasso's market

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Exhibitions

Dreaming to drowning: a year in the life of Picasso

Tate Modern’s major new show focuses on 1932, a period of turbulent creativity that gave rise to some of the artist’s greatest work

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Politics

Polish art world calls on national museum to stage 'major international show' against fascism

An open letter to Krakow institution asks for exhibition to counter rise of the right in Poland

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French court annuls conviction for electrician in possession of stolen Picasso works

Another court will have to uncover how the 271 works were stolen and by whom before being received by Pierre and Danielle Le Guennec

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Art market

Mystery Picasso collector on spending spree buys £49.8m portrait of Marie-Thérèse

Buyer bidding through advisors Gurr Johns, combined with strong Asian interest, buoys London Impressionist and Modern art sales at Christie's and Sotheby's

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Picasso’s stepdaughter to open museum in Aix-en-Provence with huge collection of artist's paintings

Former convent in south of France will house Catherine Hutin-Blay's collection of more than 2,000 works

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Art market

Ageing Picasso’s painting of lover and virile musketeer could make £18m at Christie's

Mousquetaire et nu assis is among highlights of London evening sale of Modern and Impressionist art in February

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Auctions

Sotheby's snags a fresh £36.5m Picasso for February auction in London

Price sets a high bar for the auction house's first Impressionist & Modern offering of 2018

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In the frame

PR campaign helps us find our inner Picasso (played by Antonio Banderas)

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Law

Federal authorities want to seize Martin Shkreli’s Picasso and Wu-Tang Clan album

The objects are among $7.3m in assets prosecutors are seeking from the jailed “pharma-bro”, who was convicted of securities fraud and conspiracy

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Art market

Phillips and Sotheby's deliver healthy totals for contemporary art

Capping an epic week of auctions, solid results featuring records for female artists and a Ferrari bode well for market's future—so long as it doesn't overheat

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Art market

Solid $269.7m at Sotheby's maintains momentum in Impressionist and Modern market

New York sale results boosted by strong Asian and Russian buying, and shored up by guarantees

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Art market

Christie’s $479.3m Impressionist and Modern sale hits highest total since 2007

Pent-up demand for top material kicks off New York's key auction week, with a $81.3m Van Gogh and records for Léger, Magritte, Man Ray and Vuillard

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Donations

Berlin art dealer and family donate art by Picasso, Warhol and Richter to city of Chemnitz

Bastian family have collaborated with the German city’s art collection since 2002

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Exhibitions

Picasso show to reunite trio of Marie-Thérèse Walter nudes for first time since 1932

Tate Modern exhibition will include several portraits of artist’s 22 year-old muse

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Public art

The story behind the ‘controversial’ Picasso sculpture that became a symbol of Chicago

When it was first unveiled 50 years ago in the city centre, the monumental "homely" figure was not beloved by all

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Art market

Chinese businesswoman buys a Warhol

Zhang Lan bought Little Electric Chair for $10.5m

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Activism

Ethics and aesthetics: the increasing prominence of socially engaged art

Away from the glitz of record-breaking auction prices and extravagant art parties, austerity has given strength to a new movement of socially engaged artists

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Comprehensive exhibition at Basel's Kunstmuseum features world's best Picassos

A major show explores the city’s rich history of collecting works by the Modern master

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Women in art

Women through men’s eyes in Munich's Pinakothek der Moderne

Picasso, Beckmann, De Kooning and the female form

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Museums

Rivera’s MoMA murals revisited

After 80 years, works by the Mexican artist known for his volatile relationship with Frida Kahlo are again on view

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Sotheby's

Impressionists and Modern auction report: Picasso and Dalí rule the rooms

Russian money behind many sales as records tumble

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Art market

Lesser-known artists exhibited alongside the big names of Matisse, Picasso, and Miró at Basel

Blue-chip dealers have been using Basel as an opportunity to build the potential stars of the future

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Art Basel

Collectors at Art Basel vie for works by established artists

Art Basel '10 fair report

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May 2010

Why do certain works still set auction records during recessions

We noted in 2010, amid a painful global downturn, that a Picasso nude carried the largest pre-sale auction estimate in history at $70m to $90m

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Kazimir Malevich

Matisse to Malevich: Pioneers of Modern Art from the Hermitage

The exhibition underlines art history’s—and the Hermitage’s—debt to Ivan Morozov and Sergej Shchukin who commissioned and collected many of the works

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Art market

Institutions are increasingly likely to loan works of art to the most powerful private galleries

Public art for private gain?

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Cooper Union

Cooper Union accused of censorship as Stalin banner is removed

The controversial image was removed after protests from local community, many of whom were Ukrainian

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Interviews

Manuel Borja-Villel: "Reina Sofía can be a 21st-century leader”

Director Borja-Villel is instituting radical changes to Madrid museum

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Films

Art on the big screen: The art of war and sex

A look at 'Guernica: Portrait of War' and 'Love You More'

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Art market

Insurance for war loot claims on the rise

Increasing numbers of private collectors, dealers, museums, and banks have been buying policies to protect their assets

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Restitution

MoMA and Guggenheim file joint appeal against restitution effort

They dispute claims made by Julius Schoeps on Picassos in their collection

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Art market

“Fake” Picasso is warning to make deals formal

Court to rule on payment “held in trust”

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December 2006

Why you cannot trust dealers’ prices—or auction results either

In 2006 we reported that attempts to accurately measure the market are being thwarted by auction guarantees and private sales between tight-lipped collectors

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Pablo Picasso

Contrary to expectation, these books provide new information about and expand our understanding of Picasso and his art

Was Picasso gay?

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Restitution

The Nazi bounty hunters: War loot claims become big business

World War II restitution is now a multi-million dollar enterprise in which lawyers, auction houses and possibly even venture capitalists all have a stake

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Museums

MoMA's deaccessioned Picasso on show in France

Bequeathed to the museum by Nelson Rockefeller, the painting was controversially sold in 2013

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Amedeo Modigliani

Modigliani sold to Russian buyer

The artist's portrait of Picasso is now part of a Moscow private collection

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July 2006

How long can this amazing art market boom last?

In recent years have seen works sold for explosive prices—and now in 2006 we are asking if this an indication of an accelerating trend or a reflection of the cyclical nature of the market?

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Art Basel

Art Basel 2006 was the best yet, but clients found inflated prices a concern

Art Basel '06 fair report

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Gagosian Gallery

Gagosian grows London presence

New Davies Street gallery is added to the pile

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Museums & Heritage

French museum sends Léger, Picasso and Modigliani on tour of Japan

Japanese enjoy art more than French, says curator of Lille Métropole Museum of Modern Art