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Wherefore Art Thou?

Sunday, February 27, 2005; Page P02

When Edvard Munch's "Scream" was stolen last year, many less art-inclined folks didn't have a clue about where the famous painting had called home (Oslo). We hunted down the locales of seven other great works throughout Europe, and their hangouts may surprise you.

-- Anne McDonough

(Detail of "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia)

What: Pablo Picasso's "Guernica"

Where: Madrid, at the Reina Sofia

Claim to Fame: Picasso's mural, inspired by the 1937 aerial bombing on a Basque village in northern Spain, was commissioned for the Spanish Pavilion at that year's World's Fair. He wouldn't allow the mural to be displayed in Spain while Fascist leader Francisco Franco ruled; it's been at the Reina Sofia since 1992.

Info: About $4. 011-34-91-46-75-062, museoreinasofia.mcu.es.

What: Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss"

Where: Vienna, at the Belvedere

Claim to Fame: A kiss isn't just a kiss when this secessionist artist is involved: It's a sparkling silver-and-gold-leaf affair on canvas. A tender touch and the woman's casually exposed shoulder speak to the passion behind this chaste buss on the cheek.

Info: About $10. 011-43-1-79-5570, www.belvedere.at.

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