Empty Days

Sunday, August 22, 2004



Whacky stuff.
OSLO, Norway (AP) - Armed men stormed into an art museum Sunday, threatened staff at gunpoint and stole Edvard Munch's famous paintings "The Scream'' and "Madonna'' before the eyes of stunned museum-goers. The thieves yanked the paintings off the walls of Oslo's Munch museum and loaded them into a waiting car outside, said a witness, French radio producer Francois Castang.
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"What's strange is that in this museum, there weren't any means of protection for the paintings, no alarm bell,'' Castang told France Inter radio. "The paintings were simply attached by wire to the walls,'' he said. "All you had to do is pull on the painting hard for the cord to break loose - which is what I saw one of the thieves doing.''
Yes, it is indeed strange. But regardless, it's not everyday you have such gutsy thieves break in during visiting hours. What I also don't understand is who they are going to sell it to. The art world is really small and only an obsessed collector could buy a stolen masterpiece - and then keep it in his backroom for fear of showing it to anyone. At least high-value jewels can be processed into some other form - but you can't do that with a world-famous painting. It's really a mystery to me who buys this stuff.





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