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Picking up the Picasso sculpture
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So I started collecting works of, works of, of sculptors, or also painters, and that was a very amusing thing to pick up that Picasso, because it’s only very small, and Berggruen's Gallery was in, in Rue de l’Université, on the Left Bank, in Paris. A very important gallery, it was one of the main dealers of Giacometti, Picasso, and Klee particularly, he had a great Klee collection, and rather than ship it to me, which it’s a pain in the neck to ship, you know, sculptures, with customs and so on. You have to show that this is really- not that you have to pay customs, but you have to show that it’s a real original, and stuff like that. But it was so small, I said, look, I’ll be in Paris in a, in a couple of months, I’ll pick it up. I was there for a lecture, as a chemist, and I gave the lecture, and a friend of mine, a French chemist, who also was very knowledgeable about art, was with me, and I said, look, I want to stop at Berggruen. It was a very well known gallery, so I’m just saying that he knew that, to pick up something. I said, let’s go there, let’s see what they have there, so we go there, and I always carry a little bag with me, in which I put my footstool, like a woman has a bag, and I said, I have to pick up something. So we were there, and, and Berggruen by that time knew me, and he kept it there for me, so I just took the Picasso figure, and his mouth dropped open. You know, there he goes, picks himself up a Picasso, and just walks off with it, which really became- was over the years magnified in rumours, by people.

Austrian-American Carl Djerassi (1923-2015) was best known for his work on the synthesis of the steroid cortisone and then of a progesterone derivative that was the basis of the first contraceptive pill. He wrote a number of books, plays and poems, in the process inventing a new genre, 'science-in-fiction', illustrated by the novel 'Cantor's Dilemma' which explores ethics in science.

Listeners: Tamara Tracz

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: Rue de l’Université, Paris, Galerie Berggruen

Duration: 1 minute, 41 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2005

Date story went live: 24 January 2008