Serbian police recover stolen Picasso paintings

Serbian police have recovered two works by Pablo Picasso stolen from a Swiss cultural centre in 2008, a police statement said.

Serbian police recover stolen Picasso paintings

The two oil paintings “Tete de Cheval” from 1962 and “Verre et Pichet” from 1944, valued at €3.1 million ($4.3 million), were discovered in a joint operation by Serbian and Swiss police, a police statement said.

The two paintings, one showing a horse’s head in blues, greys and whites and the other a still life of a glass and pitcher in red and green, belong to the Sprengel museum in Hanover, Germany, but were stolen from the cultural centre in Pfäffikon, near Zurich, while on loan in 2008.

The Serbian authorities said an investigation into how the paintings came to be in Serbia and how they were hidden had been launched.

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Art project shows the scope of Switzerland’s extraordinary glacier loss

An art project has shed light on the sheer scope of Switzerland’s glacier loss in recent years due to climate change.

Art project shows the scope of Switzerland’s extraordinary glacier loss
Photo: Studio Oefner/ETH Zurich

The project looks to “visualise 140 years of glacial retreat through an interactive network”. 

READ: Swiss glaciers shrink ten percent in five years 

The project is led by Swiss artist Fabian Oefner, who has reproduced the receding glaciers using neon lines which contrast with images of the glaciers as they currently stand. 

In a collaboration with with Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and Google mapped the shrinking glaciers over time. 

READ: Swiss 'glacier initiative' collects 120,000 signatures 

“Im interested in the concept of time and how change shapes the way we see reality”, Oefner says. 

Using drones equipped with LEDs, Oefner used real representations of glacial loss as the frame for the project. 

“I looked at maps where you could see the glacier in its current state and dozens of lines drawn on the map in front of it. Each of these lines represented where the glacier was in the past few decades,” Oefner said. 

“I wanted to find a way to transport the scientific data and bring it into reality”.