Why is this artwork significant?
The Picasso Curtain (Le Tricorne), depicting a bullfight, is a fragment of a stage curtain that Pablo Picasso created for a Ballet Russe production. From 1959 to 2014, the artwork hung in the Four Seasons restaurant, designed by Philip Johnson and located at the base of the Seagram Building on Park Avenue. In 2015, after long negotiations following attempts to remove and possibly destroy the curtain, it was restored and reinstalled at the New-York Historical Society.
What did the New York Landmarks Conservancy do?
In 2003 Vivendi, then the owner of the Seagram Building, gave Le Tricorne to us with the understanding that it would remain in place at the Four Seasons restaurant. When Aby Rosen later bought the building, he threatened to remove the curtain, and we initiated a lawsuit. When it became clear that the owner would not renew the restaurant’s lease and that the curtain’s future was uncertain, we reached a settlement. Rosen paid to remove and restore the curtain. We donated it to the New-York Historical Society, where “New York’s Picasso” is now prominently displayed.