U.S. Embassy repatriates stolen paintings of Belgian artist Agnes Lorca

U.S. Embassy repatriates stolen paintings of Belgian artist Agnes Lorca

Twenty-nine years after Belgian surrealist Agnes Lorca’s unique art work went missing from an art gallery in Philadelphia, seven of those pieces are returning home to the artist’s family in Belgium.

At a September 15 reception co-hosted by the Embassy of the United States to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Belgian Federal Police, members of Ms. Lorca’s family will take possession of her long lost work.

In remarks to guests attending the reception, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Matthew Lussenhop remarked, “Works of art hold a special place in our society. They are the creative expression of our culture, often express shared memories and values; they illustrate emotions and beliefs; they record historical events and personalities.”

An Assistant United States Attorney, special agents from the FBI, and a representative from the Belgian Federal Judicial Police also attended the reception to offer brief remarks.

This moment was made possible through the dedication of the Criminal Division of the FBI. More specifically, it is the result of the tireless work of the men and women of the FBI’s Art Crime Team who traveled to Belgium, met with Lorca’s family, and ultimately tracked down the stolen art work. Close collaboration between U.S. and Belgian authorities has helped bring closure to one family and demonstrated our shared commitment to justice and the rule of law.

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