Two stolen Picassos located by Serbian police
Ivica Dacic, Serbia’s interior minister, announced on Wednesday that Serbian police recovered two stolen Picasso paintings that went missing from a gallery in Switzerland in 2008.
The stolen Picassos – Tte de Cheval (Horse’s Head) and Verre et Pichet (Glass and Pitcher) – were found in Belgrade, Dacic said in a statement. “The paintings were found in close cooperation with police from Switzerland,” he said.
The two paintings, said to be worth millions of dollars, were loaned by the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany to a gallery in Switzerland in early 2008. Police didn’t say exactly where the paintings were recovered from, nor have they revealed any potential suspects.
“We are now trying to ascertain who brought the paintings into Serbia, when and how, and where they were hidden,” Serbian police director Milorad Veljovic told Reuters.
Switzerland has submitted a formal request to Serbia that the two paintings be returned.