Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Art heists are all the rage

In case you have missed all the recent news, stealing art is rather in vogue here in Switzerland. As is finding it back in weird places. It seems that a country with finger shields on its ATMs would have some serious security on its works of art, but alas, they just cannot keep their paintings on the walls.

In just the past year: 1. A Ferdinand Hodler painting which had been reported stolen earlier in the year (and had been missing since 2006) was mysteriously found in the archives of a local cultural foundation. 2. Masked men with guns stole a Cezanne, Monet, a Degas, and a Van Gogh from a museum in Zurich. The Monet and the van Gogh were later recovered in the parking lot of a Zurich hospital. 3. Two Picassos were stolen from a museum outside Zurich. Still missing. Check out the list of missing art on this weird police website


I'm really not sure why, as the world's leading per capita consumer of chocolate, they have not tried offering chocolate yet.  The M&Ms reward seem to work in recovering "The Scream" a few years ago.... 

1 comment:

Julie & Captain said...

Well, I do think that if chocolate was offered as a reward, the number of art heists would increase. I, for one, would think twice about stealing something if they offered some good smooth dark chocolate...