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Pablo Picasso's Tete de cheval” (Horse's head) and the 1944 “Verre et pichet” (Glass and jug) are believed to be worth several million Swiss francs.
updated 2/8/2008 7:29:58 AM ET 2008-02-08T12:29:58

Two Picasso paintings worth millions were stolen from a Swiss exhibition, police said Thursday.

The paintings were stolen Wednesday evening after closing time at the Seedamm-Kulturzentrum in the small town of Pfaeffikon, near Zurich. Police have yet to catch the culprits.

It was unclear how the burglars entered the cultural center, but they set off a security alarm when leaving the building. Police said they are investigating whether the burglars locked themselves in the building before it closed.

The two oil paintings — "Tete de cheval" ("Head of horse") from 1962 and "Verre et pichet" ("Glass and pitcher") from 1944 — were on loan from the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany, police said.

The German museum has promised a reward for information leading to the recovery of the paintings.

The Swiss exhibition is made up entirely of works by Pablo Picasso loaned to the museum. It includes 20 original Picasso paintings and 170 other works by the Spaniard, including etchings, linoleum cuts and prints.

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