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The Menil, which opened in 1987 and is free to the public, did not make sweeping changes to its security or how it displays paintings as a result of the vandalism, Muse said. The museum’s security measures include surveillance cameras and two dozen guards.

“No matter what you’ve got in terms of guards, cameras or alarms, it just takes one vandal to move very quickly to do it,” Muse said.

The vandalism charges garnered Landeros national attention and in October a Houston art gallery raised the ire of the local art community by staging a show of his works.

This is not the first time one of Picasso’s works has been vandalized. In 1999, an escaped mental patient in Amsterdam cut a hole in the middle of his “Woman Nude Before Garden,” a 1956 painting.

Other works of art have also been the target of vandals.

In October, a vandal scrawled graffiti on a mural by modern American master Mark Rothko at London’s Tate Modern. The “Mona Lisa” has been attacked several times, including with acid, a rock and even a teacup.

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