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The city of Basel receives a gift from a flamboyant world-famous artist.

Seated harlequin, Pablo Picasso, 1923, Kunstmuseum Basel

1967 went into the Basel history books as the year of Picasso. In that year, the passion of Basel’s citizens for art and culture came clearly to the fore when the two works Arlequin assis and Les deux frères went up for sale. Thanks to the efforts of private individuals and the support of the public sector – including a government resolution and a referendum – the city succeeded in buying both paintings. Basel's actions made such an impression on Pablo Picasso that he gave the city four more of his works. 

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