Are the Marcoses in possession of Picasso’s missing painting?

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Under the arts & culture trending topics on Twitter, the spotlight was recently on Picasso. Multiple people pointed out that one of the painter’s missing creations was seemingly displayed in the living room of the late dictator’s wife Imelda Marcos.

Eagle-eyed online users spotted the painting, which was believed to be the Femme Couche VI (Reclining Woman VI), in a photo of presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s visit to his mother in Makati City. The viral image was shared by Sen. Imee Marcos’ staff with the media.

Andres Bautista, former chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), also addressed the photo in a tweet and asked current leaders asked to seize the artwork “for the Filipino people” before it’s too late.

Bautista was previously part of the government agency entrusted to take back the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family. He added that the painting was also seen in Lauren Greenfield’s documentary The Kingmaker. The director replied to the tweet and said, ‘Picasso is back!’ 

In 2014, the Sandiganbayan ordered the seizure of eight paintings, which includes pieces by Pablo Picasso and Michelangelo. But it remains unclear if the artwork in question seen in Imelda’s house is the original or just a replica.

CNN Philippines asked for a comment from Marcos Jr.’s spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, regarding the issue. Rodriguez hasn’t responded as of writing.

According to the PCGG, it has recovered more than P170 billion from the Marcos family and his cronies from 1986 to 2015. It is still in the process of chasing after P125 billion in assets. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) revealed it has demanded the Marcoses in December 2021 to pay their estate taxes liability worth P203 billion.

 

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