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Dutch museum to lend Picasso for display in West Bank

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image captionThe painting will go on loan from Eindhoven

Palestinian art lovers are to get a rare chance to view a Picasso when the painting goes on display in April, on loan from a Dutch museum.

Eindhoven's Van Abbe Museum is lending the 1943 canvas Buste de Femme to the Ramallah international art academy, Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports.

A film is due to be made of the painting's journey, including the Israeli border and other checkpoints.

A special, temperature-controlled room is being prepared to house it.

It is believed to be the first time a Picasso masterpiece will go on display in the Palestinian territories.

The "Picasso In Palestine" exhibition is a joint project between the Van Abbe and the Ramallah academy.

Other works in the Eindhoven museum's collection include pieces by Kandinsky and Mondrian.