Rediscovered Picasso to go on display in Paris museum

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Posted: Feb 27, 2015 8:54 AM
Rediscovered Picasso to go on display in Paris museum

PARIS (AP) — The Pompidou Centre in Paris hopes to display a long-vanished Picasso painting in May, now that it has been recovered by U.S. customs authorities.

The 1911 cubist painting "The Hairdresser," worth millions of dollars, was reported missing from a Pompidou storeroom in 2001. It was smuggled into the U.S. in December from Belgium.

Pompidou director Alain Seban said the discovery comes as a "true comfort" at a time when the cultural world is reeling from an Islamic State video showing the destruction of statues in Iraq.

Seban said in a statement Friday that he hopes the work can be exhibited again publicly in May.

U.S. and French authorities have not announced any arrests in the case.