Must Picasso Make Way For Woody Allen?

Trade unions in Barcelona are fighting to prevent Pablo Picasso’s former art school being turned into a museum devoted to the film director Woody Allen, which they say would hold more appeal for the city’s legions of tourists than for its residents. The Escola d’Arts i Oficis de Barcelona, which is owned by the regional government, stands in the Carrer Avinyó (pictured) in the city’s Gothic quarter and was immortalised in Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” Despite its name, the painting has nothing to do with the southern French city but depicts five sex workers from a brothel in Carrer Avinyó. The building has stood empty since 2009.

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