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Greek say worker arrested for Picasso work theft

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A painting donated to Greece by Pablo Picasso will return on display at the newly renovated Nationwide Gallery in Athens following its restoration extra than nine years after it modified into as soon as stolen and the arrest of a 49-year-primitive say worker as a suspect.

Authorities acknowledged Tuesday that Picasso’s “Girl’s Head” and a work by the Dutch master Piet Mondrian, “Teach Mill with Summer Home,” had been stolen in January 2012 from the Nationwide Gallery in Athens.

They had been recovered, wrapped in plastic sheets and hidden in a dry river bed outdoor Athens after the suspect modified into as soon as detained for questioning.

The Picasso work of a female in cubist kind modified into as soon as donated to Greece in 1949 with a dedication “in homage to the Greek folk” for his or her resistance in opposition to the German-led occupation in World War II.

“This painting is of special importance and emotional charge because the vast painter in my notion dedicated it to the Greek folk for his or her battle in opposition to fascist and Nazi (occupying) forces and bears his hand-written dedication,” Culture Minister Lina Mendoni acknowledged.

“For that reason this painting modified into as soon as inconceivable now no longer most efficient to sell nonetheless even to attach on display as it would possibly perchance most likely be staunch now identified as being stolen from the Nationwide Gallery.” The Nationwide Gallery modified into as soon as now no longer too long within the past reopened after a prime renovation that lasted nine years and modified into as soon as delayed for months as a consequence of the pandemic. Mendoni did now no longer negate when the recovered works would return on display.

The suspect is a Greek man who’s believed to dangle acted by myself, police acknowledged. They had been investigating his advise that a third stolen work, a drawing of a non secular scene by Italian 16th-century painter Guglielmo Caccia, modified into as soon as broken and discarded quickly after the 2012 damage in.

Police did now no longer give major aspects on how the suspect and art work had been positioned, nonetheless worthy they had been moved to the dry river bed now no longer too long within the past, it sounds as if following reports within the Greek data media that authorities had been cease to constructing an arrest.

“Improving the works of Picasso and Mondrian is a prime success,” Public Picture Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis acknowledged. “The police worked systematically, in a collaborative and inventive system, and so they must be commended for that. On the brand new Nationwide Gallery, the (art work) shall be given the placement they deserve.”

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