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Magnetic jewel

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My old friend Rem Koolhaas has come up with a novel way of hanging pictures in his designs for the Guggenheim in Las Vegas.

The smaller of the two buildings, a collaboration with the Hermitage known as the jewel box, will be built in that most seductive of materials, Corten steel. But how to hang the pictures? Koolhaas plans to put magnets on the back of them to stick them to the walls. Thomas Krens, director of the Guggenheim Foundation, says tests show that the magnets won't affect the pigments in the paintings. But with the opening exhibition planned to include work by Monet, Cezanne, Chagall and Renoir, plus a 'very important' early Picasso, expect outrage from the conservation world.

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