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Rare Picasso canvas back on show
Picasso signed the reproduction for a touring ballet
The world's largest signed Pablo Picasso canvas, which has not been seen in public for 20 years, was unveiled in London on Tuesday.

A 10-metre high reproduction of his work Deux Femmes Courant Sur La Plage is on show at the Royal Opera House.

The painting was copied from the original in 1924 by a scene painter for use as a stage curtain in a ballet.

It will go on permanent display at London's Theatre Museum as part of a 12m redevelopment.

The work was copied for use in the touring ballet Le Train Bleu. Picasso was so impressed that he signed the reproduction.

It will become a major feature of the Theatre Museum, which is having its exhibition space doubled in size by the redevelopment.

At present the museum - a branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum - does not have the space to show exhibits of that size. But it will eventually become a focal point in the entrance hall.

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