Picasso’s “Buste de Femme” Exhibited in Ramallah

Pablo Picasso's Buste de Femme painting

Pablo Picasso's "Buste de Femme" painting.

Today, the Civil Administration played a small role in the long journey of a famous Picasso painting by coordinating the passage of the artwork out of the West Bank on its way home to the Netherlands. Buste de Femme (1943), an iconic 100 x80 centimeteroil-on-canvas work by Pablo Picasso had been on loan from the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands to International Academy of Art Palestine (IAAP) in Ramallah for the past month.

The work is valued at $4.3 Million and as such is the most valuable piece of art ever to be exhibited in theWest Bank. The IAAP requested the painting for loan in September 2010, and put it on display from June 24 through July 21, 2011.   The 15% security deposit required by Israel for all important artistic works was waived due to the special circumstances of this case.

The entire experience of requesting a significant piece of art, the transfer process, the display and the return journey were documented by the IAAP as part of a larger project.

The Civil Administration was pleased to contribute to this endeavor and will continue to assist in any and all such artistic and cultural efforts in the future.

Israeli officer and representatives of the Van Abbemuseum

An Israeli Civil Administration International Liaison Officer and Dutch diplomats and representatives of the Van Abbemuseum ensure the orderly passage of the painting.

The Civil Administration is a government and IDF body, which functions under the auspices of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), a unit of the Israel Ministry of Defense. The Civil Administration incorporates representatives of the Israeli Government Ministries and agencies who work in Judea and Samaria, and has 8 District Coordination and Liaison Offices in each major district. The purpose of the CA is to coordinate with the different populations in the area, Palestinian authorities and representatives and international organizations in order to oversee and facilitate projects and manage civilian needs in the area.

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