All you need is Pablo: The Picasso miracle of 1967
Fifty years ago, Basel’s art world was in uproar. Two paintings by Picasso hanging in the Kunstmuseum Basel on loan from the art collector Rudolf Staechelin – “The two brothers” and “Seated harlequin” – were to be sold abroad because of financial constraints facing the family. The young people of Basel formed a campaign of resistance and persuaded the city’s residents to vote in favour of spending more than six million francs to purchase the paintings.
Picasso himself was so moved by this declaration of affection by the people of Basel that he presented the city with three further paintings and a drawing as a gift.