A Picasso artwork which was supposed to have been seized eight years ago has been spotted in the home of the mother of the new Filipino president.
A painting closely resembling Pablo Picasso’s Reclining Woman VI featured in video footage filmed at the home of Imelda Marcos, mother of Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr, the presumptive president.
Bongbong Marcos emerged victorious in the Philippines presidential election this week.
He is the son of Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled under martial law from 1972 until 1981 and kept most of his powers until he was deposed in 1986.
During his rule, known for its corruption and brutality, Marcos Sr, who died in 1989 aged 72, reportedly plundered valuable assets worth an estimated $10 billion.
More than 160 paintings were included among Marcos’ most valuable treasures, including artwork by Van Gogh, Monet, and Matisse.
According to reports, a task force was set up to seize the family’s ill-gotten assets. The Picasso painting was included among the list of assets seized during a raid at the family’s home in San Juan in 2014.
The Sandiganbayan, a special collegial court in the Philippines, ordered the family to surrender further assets in 2019.
In a 2019 documentary about the Marcos family, Lauren Greenfield’s The Kingmaker, the Reclining Woman VI painting featured.
The painting was again spotted on the wall of Imelda Marcos’ home during the election this week, when a television patrol crew visited the family for an interview.
However, local media said the Picasso painting could be a copy, as court records show it was seized in 2014.
Vic Rodriguez, spokesman for Bongbong Marcos, deflected questions about the painting during a press briefing on May 13.
It is unclear if the local authorities plan to look into the matter.