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    President Pompidou on Thursday (21 October) opened a ten-day Picasso exhibition at the Louvre in Paris.

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    President Pompidou on Thursday (21 October) opened a ten-day Picasso exhibition at the Louvre in Paris. The exhibition, which is being held to celebrate the artist's 90th birthday, is the first occasion that the works of a living artist have been shown there.

    There are eight works on show, covering the period from 1905 to 1945. The Picasso paintings have been hung in the Grande Galerie for the occasion, and one of the eight on show -- "Harlequin" (1923) -- is now hanging where the famed "Mona Lisa" used to be.

    SYNOPSIS: The Louvre museum in Paris has paid a remarkable tribute to the artist Pablo Picasso. A collection of eight paintings is being exhibited there to mark the artist's 90th birthday. President and Madame Pompidou arrived on Thursday to open the exhibition and were conducted on a tour of the Grande Galerie--where the famed "Mona Lisa" is usually hung.

    The Galerie has now been reserved for the exhibition. It is the first time the works of a living artist have ever been displayed in the Louvre, and Picasso paintings, spanning the period from 1905 to 1945, have been chosen for the showing. Picasso himself has not indicated whether or not he will attend the exhibition.

    Another remarkable break from custom has been the fact that entry to the whole of the Louvre, and most of France's other main museums, will be free for the period of the exhibition--scheduled to last ten days.

    The French Minister of Culture, M. Jacques Duhamel, wrote to Picasso to inform him of the plan for the louvre tribute, but as yet the painter has made no public comment.

    Another exhibition is being featured in the louvre next week when 25 paintings from the Soviet Union will be returned for a showing. Among them, it is expected, will be Leningrad Picassos collected during the First World War. It's thought this event may tempt the artist to emerge from his retreat in Mougins.

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