After winning the presidential election in the Philippines, the son of former dictator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. went to visit his mother, who celebrated his victory. On that occasion, the cameras captured the famous and for several years missing image of the Spanish surrealist Pablo Picasso.
Pictures of the famous work “Reclining Woman VI” at Imelda Marcos’ widow’s residence in San Juan were recorded by local TV Patrol on Tuesday. The widow thus continues to benefit from the wealth that her husband Ferdinand Marcos secured from the treasury during his reign, which lasted over twenty years.
Picasso’s famous painting is one of 200 paintings by Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, which he secured during his reign in the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. The ruling couple subsequently moved the illegally acquired wealth from the state coffers to Switzerland. The stolen money served as a source for their flashy lifestyle, including shopping for paintings.
Whether the image in the shot is real but not clear. Ruben Carranza, the former commissioner of the local presidential commission for good government (PCGG), is also unsure. It was this body that was set up to overthrow Marcos to help recover up to $ 10 billion in money. “Marcos was in the habit of buying fake paintings, just like lending fake paintings for display,” he said.
Former PCGG chairman Andy Bautista is almost 100% convinced of his iniquity, according to The Guardian in Britain. “Personally, I know that what we confiscated was a forgery,” he said in 2014, when the painting entered a list of property confiscated from the family.
However, the image reappeared in public in 2019, in The Kingmaker documentary about widow Imelda from 2019 by director Lauren Greenfield. At that time, the government tried again to get the picture, but it could not be found, according to The Art Newspaper.
A spokesman for the newly elected Philippine President, Vic Rodriguez, also declined to comment on the origin of the captured image.
Current President Bongbong Marcos is the son of the infamous dictator Ferdinand Marcos the Elder, who ruled the Filipinos with an iron hand, imprisoned dissidents and suppressed civil liberties until he was overthrown in 1986 by a popular uprising.
The Marcos family have long denied allegations of stealing billions of dollars from the state treasury.