The Fine Art of Crime and the Art World Symposium

The Fine Art of Crime and the Art World Symposium

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

Picasso, Monet and Matisse burned in oven

Picasso, Monet and Matisse burned in oven

July 18th, 2013 | Art Theft, News

A Romanian museum official said Wednesday that ash from the oven of a woman whose son is charged with stealing seven multimillion-dollar paintings — including a Matisse, a Picasso and a Monet — contains paint, canvas and nails. The finding is evidence that Olga Dogaru… Read More

400 Picasso artworks stolen by handyman, claims stepdaughter

400 Picasso artworks stolen by handyman, claims stepdaughter

July 16th, 2013 | Art Theft, France, News

More than 400 artworks by Pablo Picasso have been stolen from the home of his stepdaughter, she has claimed, in what appears to be one of the strangest art thefts of recent times. “Catherine Hutin-Blay, the only daughter of the painter’s second wife Jacqueline, believes… Read More

Germany, Russia clash over ‘looted art’

Germany, Russia clash over ‘looted art’

June 21st, 2013 | Art Theft, Politics, Russia, Shows

A disagreement over artefacts is overshadowing a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel to St Petersburg, for a Russia-organized economic forum. An evening exhibition opening with President Vladimir Putin has been canceled at first. German chancellery spokesman Steffen Seibert said German and Russian officials had decided… Read More

Website Helps Museums Track Nazi-Looted Art

Website Helps Museums Track Nazi-Looted Art

June 17th, 2013 | Art Theft, Internet, Switzerland

The Swiss government today started a new Internet portal to help claimants, museums and researchers track down art looted by the Nazis that has found its way to Switzerland, an art-market hub before and during World War II. Catherine Hickley reports for Bloomberg: “The new… Read More

Art of the Heist

Art of the Heist

June 10th, 2013 | Art Theft, Documentaries, Videos

Art of the Heist is a documentary series on Ovation TV that takes the viewers on a reenacted inside journey behind some of history’s greatest art crimes and the crimes that weren’t so successful. Historically and even into present day, classic art pieces carry a… Read More

European auction houses fail at checking for stolen artworks

European auction houses fail at checking for stolen artworks

June 3rd, 2013 | Art Market, Art Theft, Auctions, Law

European auction houses, dealers and collectors are failing to make adequate checks to avoid handling stolen artworks, an art lawyer has warned after recovering from an Italian auction an old master painting taken from its British owner in a burglary more than 30 years ago…. Read More

FBI knows who pulled off Gardner art heist

FBI knows who pulled off Gardner art heist

March 19th, 2013 | Art Theft, Museums, News, USA

On March 18, 1990, two men disguised as police officers gained access to the Gardner Museum. Once inside, they tied up the security guards and proceeded to steal 13 objects, including rare paintings by Rembrandt, Degas, and Vermeer, valued at approximately $500 million.The case represents… Read More

Romanian police arrests suspects in Rotterdam art heist

Romanian police arrests suspects in Rotterdam art heist

January 22nd, 2013 | Art Theft, News

Three Romanians have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a major art heist in Rotterdam in October, the Mediafax news agency reported Tuesday. Romanian police confirmed to AFP that they “led operations in connection with the theft of paintings in the Netherlands,” but refused… Read More

TED Talk on Art Theft: How To Steal from the Louvre

TED Talk on Art Theft: How To Steal from the Louvre

January 8th, 2013 | Art Theft, Talks, Videos

This is a talk by Noah Charney, an American art historian and novelist. He is the author of The Art Thief, a mystery novel about a series of thefts from European museums and churches, and is the founder of the Association for Research into Crimes… Read More