Stolen paintings of great Bulgarian artist found in London galley?
11 July 2010 | 16:24 | FOCUS News Agency
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Sofia. Bulgarian Minister of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov has received a signal that a gallery in London shelters paintings of Bulgarian artist Nikola Tanev, which have been stolen from a museum-house in Sofia some 11 years ago, the Ministry of Culture announced.
The ministry will take all necessary actions under the Cultural Heritage Act.
In July 1999, 28 paintings by Nikola Tanev have been stolen from his house, which is now turned into a museum.
Most of the paintings are photographed and described in detail in a registry.
Around 10 days ago, thanks to the registry and photos, the National Art Gallery identified one of the 28 stolen paintings, which have been brought to the gallery by a person who wanted to ascertain its authenticity.
On July 15, at 6 p.m., the National Art Gallery, with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture, will open an exposition themed ‘Nikola Tanev in National Art Gallery’s collections’.
The exposition is dedicated to the 120th anniversary since the birth of the great Bulgarian painter Nikola Tanev (1890-1962).