Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Picasso is trying to leave São Paulo

The two Pablo Picasso stolen paintings are back to the Pinacoteca’s wall. It was the second time in less than one year that Picasso tried to escape from São Paulo's museums. The first one was from MASP (Art’s Museum of São Paulo) last December and the second one was on June at Pinacoteca.

What is wrong with São Paulo?
Actually, maybe the painting was just wanted to have a ride… Or it can be also something about grabbing attention. No one pays attention in one or another São Paulo’s museum where Picasso smoothly shows up. So it happens!

The truth is:
On August 2007, some paintings were stolen from the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nice, France. Few months later some guys tried unsuccessfully to steal twice from MASP’s Museum before finally get one Pablo Picasso's and one Portinari's: Suzanne Bloch’s portrait and Coffee’s Farmer respectively. Coincidence or not, it happened!
The whole issue was on the Brazilian news every single day for 190 million people until they get the paintings back. Soon after, on June: bingo. One more Picasso’s to the black bag!

You can ask: “Why does it happen?”
First of all: The people doesn’t have enough education to know that stealing a painting is the same as stealing a Formula 1 race car. What can you do with that? Everybody knows it and no one will try to buy because is impossible to use it. That's simple!
No one controls what is up on the news since it doesn’t deal with power. So all the rest is allowed. About the MASP's case,
on the News it was possible to see detailed directions about how the guys came inside the museum on the early morning, using a hydraulic jack pumping up the gate, everything becomes easier for the thief. Everything well shown on the television can give new ideas for those who like that kind of stuff.

But... not everything is lost
Both the MASP case and the Pinacoteca's one have an happy ending. The paintings were found on places that neither you nor I would ever go. "How did the cops find the paintings?" you’d ask; easy: the guys had nothing to do with that.
Now, Picasso is safely back to the Pinacoteca’s Museum. If you want to have a look, the exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 18h. The admission fee is R$ 4.00 and the entry is free on Saturdays.

Name: Pinacoteca do Estado
Address: Praça da Luz, 2
Suburb: Jardim da Luz
São Paulo
Phone: (11) 3324-1000

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