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February 18th, 2012

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Robbing Greece of Its Pride

http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/robbing-greece-of-its-pride/

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February 17, 2012, 6:53 am

As austerity bites, applicants lined up outside a welfare office in an Athens suburb on Friday.John Kolesidis/ReutersAs austerity bites, applicants lined up outside a welfare office in an Athens suburb on Friday.

LONDON — In another blow to Greek pride, as the country struggles to meet its European partners’ demands for a financial bailout, armed robbers broke into a museum at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics on Friday and made off with a haul of treasures.

“It is clear that the necessary austerity required to fulfill this bankers club’s members will eviscerate the average working stiff Greek. Were I Greece I would default, leave the EU, drop its currency and do what I could to make my own way.”

— Richard McDonough, Rendezvous reader from Irvine, California

Pavlos Geroulanos, Greece’s culture minister, was reported to have offered his resignation immediately after learning of the heist, the second major art theft this year. In January, thieves fled the National Gallery in Athens with $6.5 million-worth of art, including paintings by Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian.

The latest theft was blamed by some on budget cuts that have been imposed on all aspects of Greek public life in an attempt to rein in the country’s runaway debt.

Friday’s raid targeted the Ancient Olympia museum in southern Greece where a ceremony is scheduled for May 10 to light the Olympic flame for this year’s Games in London.

As the BBC’s foreign editor Jon Williams tweeted:

When Mr. Geroulanos announced last month that he would offer cut-price permits for films and photographic shoots at monuments such as the Parthenon, he was accused of “renting out” Greece’s art treasures to cover budget cuts.

Culture ministry security guards have been among the low-level public workers demanding job security and exemption from further budget cuts, in their case on the basis of the potential impact on museum security.

The latest robbery will be seized on as another symbol of a breakdown of Greek society in the face of the draconian austerity measures being imposed on the country’s 11 million people.

Rioting in Athens at the weekend in response to a government decision to bow to the demands of the country’s European creditors has spurred a mood of national humiliation. Some commentators say the Greeks have only themselves to blame while others suggest they should tell the European Union to get lost.

Rendezvous reader Richard McDonough wrote from Irvine, California, in response to our article on Wednesday entitled “The Decline and Fall of Greece”: “It is clear that the necessary austerity required to fulfill this bankers club’s members will eviscerate the average working stiff Greek. Were I Greece I would default, leave the EU, drop its currency and do what I could to make my own way.”

Before the weekend, however, it looked as if €130 billion bailout deal will be finalized on Monday.

The bargaining has brought some sharp exchanges touching on Greek pride and appeals for Europe to avoid humiliating the Greeks. One such appeal came from Alexis Papahelas, executive editor of the Greek daily Kathimerini who wrote in a contributed article in IHT Global Opinion this week:

“Some of our partners seem to focus more on ways to humiliate our political leaders or the average Greek than they are on getting the job done. If they somehow believe that they will force a change of political culture and personnel through intimidation, they are dead wrong.”


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September 1st, 2011

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Miércoles 14 de octubre de 2009 | 08:08 (actualizado a las 08:08) Noticias de Información general: anterior | siguiente

Tres ladrones intentaron asaltar la caja fuerte del Museo de Ciencias Naturales de La Plata, y al no poder abrirla, se llevaron solamente dinero, celulares y algunas pertenencias de valor de dos empleados y dos visitantes.
La policía indicó que el inusual hecho ocurrió en la tarde de ayer, alrededor de las 19, cuando tres ladrones fuertemente armados irrumpieron en una de las oficinas administrativas del Museo, ubicado en el cruce de la diagonal 75 y las calles 61 y 62, dentro del Paseo del Bosque.
Los ladrones, tras reducir a la directora del establecimiento, dos turistas chilenos y otro empleado, intentaron violentar con una barreta la caja fuerte de hierro sólido y, como no lo lograron, se llevaron dinero, celulares y algunas pertenencias de valor de las víctimas.
Según los informantes, los ladrones huyeron en una camioneta que los esperaba en las inmediaciones del Museo con otro cómplice al volante.
Lo ocurrido fue denunciado por Silvia Ametranno, directora del paseo turístico-cultural asaltado.

October 15th, 2009

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Three Valuable Paintings Stolen in Brazil

SAO PAULO – A group of 20 heavily armed men stole three valuable
paintings by Brazilian artists Candido Portinari and Tarsila do Amaral
from a house in Sao Paulo over the weekend, police said.

Portinari’s “O Cangaceiro” and “Retrato de Maria,” and Do Amaral’s
“Figura em Azul” were stolen on Sunday, police said, adding that the
artworks were not insured.

Two men appeared at the front door bearing Mother’s Day flowers for
the owner of the house, and the other armed men then ran inside and
subdued the seven people they found.

The thieves, who were in the house for 90 minutes, took the paintings,
cash, jewelry and other valuables.

Investigators said the robbery may have been committed by people who
were aware of the valuables at the house. EFE

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=334402&CategoryId=14090

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Art Thieves Return Stolen Paintings in Brazil

SAO PAULO – The artworks stolen over the weekend from a private
collection in Sao Paulo have been returned, Brazilian police said on
Wednesday.

The paintings by Brazilian artists Candido Portinari, Tarsila do
Amaral and Orlando Teruz were stolen on Sunday by a group of heavily
armed men.

Portinari’s “O Cangaceiro” and “Retrato de Maria,” Do Amaral’s “Figura
em Azul” (1923) and Teruz’s “Crucificaçao de Jesus” were left by the
railroad tracks near the offices of the TV Record network, police
said.

The television network’s security guards were told by an anonymous
caller exactly where the paintings had been left and immediately
notified police.

The paintings, which are worth some $1.4 million, will be examined by
an expert to make sure they are authentic.

Police found a bag next to the paintings that contained jewelry that
was also stolen Sunday from the residence of a hotel industry
executive.

A group of about 20 heavily armed men wearing police uniforms pulled
off the heist in Sao Paulo, police said.

A man appeared at the front door of the property bearing Mother’s Day
flowers for the owner, and the other armed men then ran inside and
subdued the seven people in the house.

The thieves, who were in the house for 90 minutes, took the paintings,
cash, jewelry and other valuables.

The paintings do not appear to have been damaged, police
superintendent Mario Palumbo Junior said.

In January 2008, police recovered “Portrait of Suzanne Bloch” by
Picasso and “Coffee Laborer” by Brazilian Candido Portinari, which had
been stolen from the Sao Paulo Museu de Arte.

Six months later, four artworks were stolen from the Pinacoteca state
art gallery in Sao Paulo.

The artworks, which included the 1933 Picasso engraving “Minotaur,
Fountain and Women,” were all recovered within two months.

The Picasso etching was found abandoned beside a highway on the west
side of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. EFE

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=334643&CategoryId=14090

May 13th, 2009

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Overval op Scheringa Museum: 2 schilderijen weg

Van onze verslaggever Harmen Bockma
gepubliceerd op 01 mei 2009 16:39, bijgewerkt op 1 mei 2009 17:50

AMSTERDAM – Bij een overval op het Scheringa Museum voor Realisme in Spanbroek hebben meerdere personen twee belangrijke kunstwerken buitgemaakt. Het gaat om een gouache van Salvador Dali uit 1941 en een groot olieverfschilderij van Tamara de Lempicka uit 1929.

Enkele gewapende mannen drongen vrijdag rond het middaguur het museum binnen en bedreigden de receptioniste en een bewaker. Ze liepen door naar een van de zalen in het museum en haalden daar de twee werken van de muur. Na de overval vluchtten ze in een kleine zwarte auto, vermoedelijk een Volkswagen Golf.

Olieverfschilderij
De gestolen kunstwerken, beide eigendom van het museum, zijn ‘Adolescence’ van Salvador Dali, een gouache uit 1941 met een afmeting van 44,8 x 30,2 cm en ‘La Musicienne’ van Tamara de Lempicka, een olieverfschilderij uit 1929 met een afmeting van 116×73 cm.

Het Scheringa Museum kocht de gouache van Dali tijdens de Tefaf in Maastricht. Hij is afkomstig uit een belangrijke privé-collectie in Frankrijk. Het werk werd aangekocht bij Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Parijs.

De gouache toont tegelijkertijd het gezicht van de actrice Betty Stockfeld en een moeder met kind op een wijdse vlakte met een bergrug in de achtergrond. De gouache is gemaakt op een pagina van het tijdschrift Pour Vous, d.d. 11 oktober 1939.

Portret
La Musicienne van De Lempicka werd in 2002 aangekocht. Het is een portret van een artieste uit 1929. De Lempicka maakte vooral furore in het interbellum. Haar zwierige art-decoschilderijen vielen vooral in de smaak bij de toenmalige jetset. Volgens een woordvoerster van het museum destijds was de aankoop het eerste werk van De Lempicka in een Nederlands museum. ‘Net als toen, is ze tegenwoordig ook weer populair bij de jetset’, zei de woordvoerster. Amerikaanse beroemdheden als Barbara Streisand zouden werk van de kunstenares sparen.

Het museum wilde destijds niet bekendmaken hoeveel er precies voor het schilderij werd betaald, maar volgens de woordvoerster ging het bedrag ‘in de richting van’ 1 miljoen euro.

http://www.volkskrant.nl/kunst/article1191963.ece/Overval_op_Scheringa_Museum_2_schilderijen_weg

May 1st, 2009

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SAO PAULO (AFP) — A gang of armed robbers stole two Picasso engravings and two Brazilian paintings from a Sao Paulo museum in a bold daylight heist, officials said.

The four works grabbed Thursday from a branch of the Pinacoteca museum in the center of the city were insured for a total of 568,400 dollars, a spokeswoman for Sao Paulo’s state secretariat for culture told AFP.

The robbery recalled a December 20 theft in the Sao Paulo Museum of Art in which another Picasso and a painting by a well-known Brazilian artist, Candido Portinari, were stolen during closing hours.

Those paintings — together valued at 56 million dollars — were recovered less than three weeks later by police, who made two arrests.

The Pablo Picasso engravings stolen Thursday were “Minotaur, Drinker and Women” (1933), and “The Painter and the Model” (1963), each insured for 4,200 dollars, the spokeswoman said.

The two Brazilian works were “Women at the Window” (1926), by Emiliano Augusto Cavalcanti de Albuquerque Melo — known better as Di Cavalcanti — and “Couple” (1919), by the Lithuanian-born Brazilian artist Lasar Segall.

“Women at the Window,” which was insured for 500,000 dollars, featured on the poster outside the museum advertising the exhibition, called “A Collector’s Eye.”

“Couple” was insured for 60,000 dollars.

The stolen works belonged to the Jose and Paulina Nemirovsky Foundation.

The robbery occurred around midday (1500 GMT) on the second floor of the museum, when three men carrying firearms and wearing masks rounded up the guards, the news website O Globo reported.

Security cameras recorded the crime.

A police unit dealing with organized crime was handling the investigation.

The director of the museums department for Brazil’s Historic Heritage and National Architecture Institute, Jose do Nascimento, said the insurance values of the stolen works did not reflect their true market value.

He declined to put a value on them, telling the website of the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper that “those by Segall and Di Cavalcanti were reference works,” and “the Picasso engravings gave a universal character to Brazilian museums.”

“The value of these works is incalculable. I prefer not to give a figure,” he said.

 

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June 13th, 2008

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ZURICH, Switzerland: Swiss media reported Monday that paintings stolen in one of Europe’s largest art thefts have been discovered in a parking lot in front of a Zurich mental hospital. (more…)

February 19th, 2008

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ZURICH (Reuters) – Paintings worth about $91 million were stolen from a Zurich museum in an armed robbery in the second dramatic art theft in the area within days, police said on Monday. (more…)

February 11th, 2008

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