TWO stolen paintings by Malaga’s most famous artist Pablo Picasso have been discovered in Serbia.
The two paintings, each worth millions, were snatched from an exhibition in the Swiss town of Pfaeffikon in 2008 and disappeared without a trace.
But the Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic has now revealed that ‘Tête de cheval’ and ‘Verre et Pichet’ have been recovered in Belgrade following a three year joint investigation by the country’s organised crime unit and Swiss police.
“I can tell you with pride and joy that after three-and-a-half years of investigative work we have located both stolen Picasso paintings,” said Charles Faessler, a Swiss prosecutor involved in the case.
So far no arrests have been made and the motive for the theft remains unclear.
“We are now trying to ascertain who brought the paintings into Serbia, when and how, and where they were hidden,” confirmed Milorad Veljovic, director of the Serbian police.
The recovered paintings are owned by the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany, and were stolen from an exhibition at the Pfaffikon cultural centre while on loan.