- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2011

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (AP) - A Palestinian art academy is displaying a $7 million Pablo Picasso masterpiece, the first of its kind in the West Bank.

Picasso’s 1943 “Buste de Femme” is on loan from a Dutch museum. It had to overcome a lack of reliable transport and Israeli checkpoints along the way.

The art director of the Palestinian academy, Khalid Horani, said it took two years to arrange the loan. He said the painting’s journey was “a story full of details and difficulties.”

The painting was flown from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv and was then escorted to Ramallah by an Israeli security company before going on display Monday.

The painting is the most valuable and prestigious artwork ever shown in the West Bank. It is the centerpiece of the “Picasso In Palestine” exhibit.

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