Man charged after 'attacking Picasso painting at Tate Modern'

According to the BBC, Bust Of A Woman was ripped while on display at the central London gallery.
According to the BBC, Bust Of A Woman was ripped while on display at the central London gallery.
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A man has been charged with criminal damage after reportedly attacking a Picasso painting at the Tate Modern art gallery.

According to the BBC, Bust Of A Woman was ripped while on display at the central London gallery.

The Metropolitan Police said Shakeel Ryan Massey, 20, from north-west London, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court on Monday, charged with criminal damage.

The alleged incident happened on Saturday, according to Scotland Yard.

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A gallery spokesman said the suspect was "swiftly apprehended", adding: "The work of art is with our conservation team for expert assessment.

"Tate Modern remains open."

According to the Tate's website, the oil painting, which was created in 1944 in Paris, depicts photographer Dora Maar in a semi-abstract style, wearing a hat and green clothing while sitting on a black metal chair.

Massey was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Inner London Crown Court for a pre-trial hearing on January 30.