Stolen Picasso Van Abbe is inspiration for an international TV series and a computer game

Wednesday, 22 augustus 2012
EINDHOVEN – The tweets that circulated about a stolen Picasso from the Van Abbe Museum, located in Eindhoven, signal the start of a new European TV series about art theft. The new series, called ‘The Spiral’ also includes a computer game, which can be used by the general public to look for stolen paintings.

The Spiral is an initiative started by a number of European TV stations and museums, together with Caviar, a production company. The series will be broadcast by VARA in The Netherlands. The series will also be shown in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Belgium. It will be presented in Amsterdam later this week.Tweets started circulating on Twitter on Tuesday, discussing the theft of the Picasso from the Van Abbe. The painting in question is the ‘Buste de Femme’ that has also travelled to Ramallah. The Tweets point to a Youtube film showing how the thieves steal the painting. Visitors to the Van Abbe can see a sticker where the painting used to hang, referring them to The Spiral.Another film on The Spiral website shows the thieves getaway on a water scooter via river the Dommel.Source: Omroep Brabant

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