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Peace offerings: A new exhibition reveals how politics often came between the Pablo Picasso and his painting

It sounds like a straight bit of propaganda, with one top artist paying tribute to another. "On the big curtain paint the troublemaking/ Dove of peace of my brother Picasso... " In 1950, the poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht decorated his theatre in East Berlin with Picasso's anti-war bird, the symbol of the international Peace Movement. Who could complain? It's only intended to make trouble for the warmongers, no? But actually this "troublemaking dove" creates all sorts of trouble, artistic and political. It lies at the heart of a new exhibition, Picasso: Peace and Freedom, opening tomorrow at Tate Liverpool. Very good for an argument.

Picasso: Peace and Freedom

A major new exhibition will launch at Tate Liverpool later week, with over 150 works by Pablo Picasso set to go on display.

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A Picasso nude once marvelled at by Hollywood stars as they partied in the home of its millionaire owner but which was only ever shown once in public in the past 50 years has set a new record price for a work of art sold at auction.

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A 1932 Pablo Picasso painting of his mistress has sold for $106.5 million (£70 million), a world record price for any work of art at auction.

Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head, By Rob Chapman

Syd Barrett's career was over as soon as it had begun. Its zenith and nadir followed each other in a matter of months. In autumn 1964, a charming, romantic, artistically inclined youth of 16, he joined a rudimentary blues band called the Tea Set and changed their name to Pink Floyd, after the Christian names of two obscure North Carolina bluesmen.

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Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa, British Museum, London

There are so many Africas, and so many arts of Africa. Picasso and Matisse thought they had hit on the essence of Africa during the first decade of the 20th century. The African masks and sculpture that influenced such works as Les Demoiselles D'Avignon (1909) seemed to be the very embodiment of a youngish Spaniard's priapic idea of the primitive: wonderfully, savagely stylised; bursting with a toe-curlingly alien erotic charge. How patronising of Picasso to think that that's what African art amounted to. Well, perhaps that's a little unfair. The point was that Picasso, ever grasping, ever restless, was seeking out new ways of representing the female body.

Picasso's 'Tete de Femme' breaks cover to fetch £8.1m

A Picasso masterpiece unseen in public for 43 years fetched more than twice its expected price at auction - going for £8.1 million.

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