The Cuban economy is so disabled that Fidel Castro's government is selling off millions of dollars worth of national art treasures to raise needed funds, it was reported Friday.
The Journal of Art, a leading art monthly, said the exportation of artworks and antiques from Cuba to Europe, prohibited by Cuban law, has become common through the aegis of Cubalse, a state-run agency.Two important works from the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana recently were sold at Sotheby's in London for a total of $4.5 million, the magazine said. They were identified as Antonio Sorolla's "Bulls Embarking on a Boat" and "Beach in Valencia," considered masterpieces.
"The organization (Cubalse) secretly deals . . . with the international dealing of artworks for profit," the publication said.