Portuguese Tug-of-War Over Miro Works Is Surreal

Joan Miro's 1968 oil painting "Women and Birds" at Christie's auction house in London. Photograph by Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

People rose up in outrage when the Portuguese government tried to sell 85 paintings by Joan Miro in February. Opposition politicians sued to keep the famous Iberian modernist's work in Portugal. A temporary injunction issued late last week says it will stay for now.

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