Miró found at art handlers
Drawing disappeared after show three years ago
By Belén Palanco. News, Issue 250, October 2013
Published online: 08 October 2013
A drawing by the Spanish artist Joan Miró, belonging to the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation in Mallorca and which disappeared nearly three years ago, has been found by Spanish police.
The work, created in 1975 as part of the artist’s “Gaudí” series, was insured for €450,000 and had been lent by the foundation for a show at the Kubo-Kutxa gallery, part of the Kursaal arts centre in San Sebastián, in late 2010.
Staff at the foundation only realised that the work had disappeared in 2011. In January 2012, the director of the foundation, Elvira Cámara, ordered a search. But it was not until August 2013 that she finally contacted Fernando Gilet, the chairman of the Miró foundation and the councillor for culture and sports in Mallorca, to formally report the loss of the work. He reported it to police at the end of August, shortly after he was alerted.
Less than a month later, police found the drawing in the office of Balears Art i Llar, the Mallorcan shipping company that took down the Kursaal show. Cámara offered her resignation, but the foundation decided not to accept it and gave her a written warning instead. Joan Punyet Miró, the artist’s grandson, said in a press conference in Palma that the foundation and the Miró family were backing Cámara because of her record of organising international exhibitions. The investigation into how the work disappeared continues.
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