Police investigate missing 38-tonne sculpture
19 January 2006, MADRID — Police are to investigate the loss of a 38-tonne sculpture by American artist Richard Serra from Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum.
19 January 2006
MADRID — Police are to investigate the loss of a 38-tonne sculpture by American artist Richard Serra from Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum.
The modern art museum released a statement after the Spanish daily ABC published an article about the missing work, explaining the disappearance of the sculpture titled "Equal-Parallel/Guernica-Bengasi."
According to the statement, the Reina Sofia acquired the sculpture, which had been specifically commissioned by the museum, in 1987 for some EUR 198,000.
However, given the weight and size of the piece and the lack of storage space, the museum that year placed the work with a company that specializes in storing art work.
After the subsequent remodelling and re-inauguration of the museum in 1990, the work was again exhibited, but it was later placed in the warehouse of different storage company, Macarron S.A.
According to the museum's records, the work was still being stored with this firm, located on the outskirts of Madrid, in 1992.
Museum officials did not realize the work was missing until last year, when Reina Sofia's director, Ana Martinez de Aguilar, wanted the work displayed as part of the museum's permanent collection but it could not be found.
When the museum contacted Macarron about the sculpture, the company said it was unaware of its whereabouts.
Spanish authorities have been carrying out an ongoing investigation to determine whether any crime was committed, the statement said.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news