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A mysterious painting of Chagall will be transferred from Customs to the museum

October 25 2007

Ural Customs today ceremonially hand over to the Museum of Fine Arts now Yekaterinburg-lithograph by Marc Chagall. According to the Ural Customs Administration (Utu), she got to them under mysterious circumstances.

According to him, lithograph was taken to Ekaterinburg in the address of a Russian citizen from abroad airline Austrian Airlines in September 2006. Customs airport Koltsovo twice sent notice to the addressee of receipt, but the picture has not been received.

According to the address bureau of the Sverdlovsk region, the person with the given data in Yekaterinburg is not registered. After three months - the period of temporary storage of goods - Koltsov Customs appealed to the court for recognizing patterns ownerless and held art history expertise.

The court gave the picture to access route to the state, said a representative of Utu.

It is a color lithograph. In the picture there is no name on the expert opinion it relates "to the author's series of prints of Paris" - 60 years 20 century, he added.

In the central part of the engravings created in pearl-gray-blue colors, shows the house from which to pace a male figure. Behind him vainly trying to keep the woman told the employee Utu.

Management of Cultural Heritage, Artistic Education and Science, Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography has allowed customs officials to pass an engraving by Marc Chagall in Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, spokesman for the Customs Office.

"Transmission of paintings by Marc Chagall, a recognized expert artistic value, representatives of the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts will begin at 11.15 local time (9.15 GMT)," - he said.

As noted by Officer Utu, the history of importing pictures in Russia mysterious, but perhaps the mystery will be opened at the ceremony transferring prints to the museum, said .

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