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The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided on Tuesday.

The decision was a setback to Aby J. Rosen, the owner of the Seagram Building, which is home to the restaurant. Mr. Rosen had proposed what he characterized as minor changes to the interior that was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958.

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The New-York Historical Society is to unveil Pablo Picasso's iconic painted theater curtain, commissioned for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Le Tricorne, in 1919. The masterpiece is the largest work by the Spanish born artist in America. It was donated by the Landmarks Conservancy to the New-York Historical Society and after considerable conservation will be on view to the public, later this spring. The Le Tricorne curtain was installed as a tapestry for 55 years at the Four Seasons Restaurant in the Mies van der Rohe designed, modernist, Seagram Building, in New York City.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced plans for an international architecture exhibition that will take place in the city in late 2015. Modeled after Italy’s prestigious Venice Architecture Biennale, officials hope that the Chicago Architecture Biennial will boost tourism and help develop the city’s reputation as a progressive design center.

The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial will be co-curated by Sarah Herda, director of the Graham Foundation, which provides project-based grants to individuals and organizations and supports architecture’s role in the arts, culture, and society, and Joseph Grima, former editor-in-chief of the architecture and design magazine, Domus. Grima previously co-curated the 2012 Istanbul Design Biennial. Herda and Grima will develop the Biennial’s program with help from a swath of influential architects including, David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Frank Gehry, Jeanne Gang, and Stanley Tigerman, as well as curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Pritzker Prize Jury Chair Peter Palumbo. The team will draw inspiration from Chicago’s rich architectural landscape, which includes buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Louis Sullivan.

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