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Brush up on Picasso ready for Tate show.

Byline: CATHERINE JONES

STAFF at Tate Liverpool are working round-the-clock to prepare for the opening of its major Picasso exhibition this week.

Among one of the earliest exhibits to be hung in the Albert Dock gallery is the Bernal's Picasso mural.

The piece is the heaviest work being shown.

It was painted directly on to a piece of wall and loaned to the Picasso: Peace and Freedom exhibition by London-based charity The Wellcome Trust.

It was drawn by Picasso in November 1950 while visiting the home of his friend, eminent scientist Professor John Desmond Bernal - a peace activist he met at the Sheffield World Peace Conference. It depicts the head of a man and woman with laurel wreaths and wings.

Picasso drew directly on to the wall of Bernal's sitting room and the artwork was later saved from the flat when it was due to be demolished.

The mural is one of around 150 Picasso artworks in the exhibition which opens on Friday. It also includes four sculptures, 35 prints, 34 drawings, 65 paintings and five ceramics.

They are on loan from 40 different institutions and individuals across Europe and the United States - although they it does not include works from the Picasso Museum in Paris.

Prof Lynda Morris, co-curator of the exhibition, said: "They were unable to lend things because they're currently on an enormous world tour as a way of funding the extension of the museum."

. Picasso: Peace and Freedom runs from May 21-August 30.

The ECHO has teamed up with Tate Liverpool to offer a two-for-one ticket offer for anyone who books advance tickets before the end of Thursday.

Call 0845 604 7083 and quote "Liverpool Echo offer" when booking your exhibition tickets.

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MASTERPIECE: Poppy Bowers, assistant exhibition co-ordinator at Liverpool Tate looks on as the 1950 Mural known as Bernal''s Picasso is hung PICTURE: COLIN LANE
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