October 26, 2004

Munch Museum Robbery Update

The update is, well, there is still no news, no leads, and the museum itself remains closed. As we previously discussed here and here, Aftenposten reports:

"We ain't got squat", said the police. Ok, they didn't really say that, but it amounts to the same thing. They are no closer to solving the robbery or returning the paintings now then they were back in August when the robbery took place.

I am not filled with hope or optimism, at this point.

Posted by Random Penseur at October 26, 2004 01:58 PM

This is really sad. I wonder what the thieves hope to gain...to keep the pictures, well they can't benefit finacially from that, they won't be able to show family and friends unless they can guarantee their silence, and there has been no attempt made at ransoming them has there? Just some fool who has no better way of making a name for himself I guess.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at October 28, 2004 01:20 AM

This was a tragedy.
My favorite Munch painting, the Madonna, was one of the two stolen. Its lines undulate along with her body, radiating dark colors contrast with bloodless skin.
Unfortunately, there's often a large profit for those who steal paintings: there's a black market for anything, especially for art and antiques.
The Isabella Stuart Gardener museum in Boston, by far the most beautiful museum I've ever seen (it's in her home, a gorgeous 19th century reproduction of an Italian villa) still has blank spaces with cards noting the too-numerous renaissance masterpieces that were stolen a few years ago.

Posted by: emily at October 30, 2004 12:52 PM
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