Art Theft

News

Dutch art heist “mastermind” sentenced to 7 years in Romania, paintings still missing

Dutch art heist “mastermind” sentenced to 7 years in Romania, paintings still missing

Posted November 27th, 2013

Art Theft, Law, News

A Romanian man who masterminded the theft of seven masterpieces from a Dutch museum was sentenced to nearly seven years in jail on Tuesday, but the fate of the paintings remains a mystery. Radu Dogaru, 29, had admitted planning the three-minute heist of works by… Read More

Museums

German Museums Under Pressure to Put Collections Online

German Museums Under Pressure to Put Collections Online

Posted November 25th, 2013

Art Theft, Collections, Germany, Modernism, Museums

“Under international norms adopted in Washington in 1998, German museums are obligated to go through their collections for works that may have been looted by the Nazis,” writes the Wall Street Journal. “But the museums have balked at going a step further and digitizing their… Read More

Politics

Nazi Law Impedes Recovery of Munich Art Trove

Nazi Law Impedes Recovery of Munich Art Trove

Posted November 21st, 2013

Art Theft, Germany, Law, Politics

The 1938 law that allowed the Nazis to seize thousands of Modernist artworks deemed “degenerate” because Hitler viewed them as un-German or Jewish in nature — remains on the books to this day. No German government has sought to repeal the Nazi law and it… Read More

News

Munich Art Hoarder breaks silence

Munich Art Hoarder breaks silence

Posted November 18th, 2013

Art History, Art Theft, Germany, News

Cornelius Gurlitt, a German recluse who hid hundreds of paintings believed looted by the Nazis in his Munich flat, says he will not give up the works without a fight, quashing hopes for a quick settlement. Describing the priceless works as the love of his… Read More

Paintings

Did the Nazis also steal the Mona Lisa?

Did the Nazis also steal the Mona Lisa?

Posted November 13th, 2013

Art History, Art Theft, Paintings

A fascinating and forogtten bit of art history in The Guardian: ” It seems that Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was among the paintings found in the Altaussee salt mine in the Austrian alps, which was converted by the Nazis into their secret stolen-art warehouse…. Read More

Modernism

Munich Nazi Art Loot – 22 more paintings found in Stuttgart

Munich Nazi Art Loot – 22 more paintings found in Stuttgart

Posted November 12th, 2013

Art History, Art Theft, Germany, Law, Modernism

Germany pretends to be surprised by the growing anger after it has been revealed that the German government has hired only one (!) art historian to identify, catalogue and return the more than 1400 paintings found in an apartment in Munich. Even if this one… Read More

Modernism

1500 masterpieces looted by Nazis found in Munich

1500 masterpieces looted by Nazis found in Munich

Posted November 4th, 2013

Art Market, Art Theft, Germany, Lost Art, Modernism

Nearly 1500 priceless paintings including works by Picasso and Matisse that were stolen by the Nazis have been discovered in a flat in Munich, a news report said Sunday. Investigators, the media and experts familiar with the case are speculating whether there might be more… Read More

News

Robbery made too easy – Art thief Dogaru to sue Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam?

Robbery made too easy – Art thief Dogaru to sue Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam?

Posted October 23rd, 2013

Art Theft, Museums, News

Romanian Mihai Alexandru Bitu (L) and Eugen Darie (R) two of the six suspects, who are on trial for the spectacular three-minute heist from the Kunthal museum in Rotterdam in October 2012, enter a local Court in Bucharest, Romania on October 22, 2013. A Romanian… Read More

Museums

The Fine Art of Crime and the Art World Symposium

The Fine Art of Crime and the Art World Symposium

Posted July 19th, 2013

Art Theft, Education, Museums

Explore the professional art world this fall with retired art crime specialists from the FBI and Scotland Yard at “The World of Art and the Fine Art of Crime,” a unique five-day seminar offered October 14-18, 2013, at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Participants… Read More