Brazen thieves in the Netherlands capitalized on the Corona crisis and stole a Van Gogh painting from a closed museum.
- Due to the global corona crisis , public institutions in the Netherlands also had to close.
- The “Singer Laren” Museum is also currently not allowed to open its doors.
- However, thieves now managed to break into it and steal a painting by Vincent van Gogh .
Laren (Netherlands) - While the world currently seems to be standing still in the Corona crisis , thieves could be celebrating high season right now. Because if almost all public facilities have to remain closed for infection protection reasons and the streets are largely empty, it will be easier than ever for long fingers. For example, burglars in the Netherlands have just managed to steal a painting by Vincent van Gogh from a closed museum .
Singer Laren Museum (Netherlands): Thieves steal paintings by Vincent van Gogh
Neo-impressionist, expressionist and cubist works are the focus of the Dutch museum Singer Laren near the capital Amsterdam. There are actually some works from the art collection of the American couple William and Anna Singer on display, but now all art lovers are poorer by a treasure.
As the dpa reports, thieves have managed to break into the museum , which is currently closed due to the Corona crisis , and steal a painting by Vincent van Gogh . The work, created in 1884, was entitled “ Spring garden. The Parish Garden of Nuenen ”and was on loan from the Groningen Museum. How high the value of the picture is is not yet publicly known. There already seem to be initial insights into the crime scene.
First insights into Van Gogh theft
According to the police, the robbery of art took place in the night of Monday (March 30th, 2020). It is said that the thieves entered through the glass main entrance door, triggered the alarm, but were able to escape in time. Except for the Van Gogh painting, nothing has been stolen, but anger and shock are still deep - and not just on the part of those directly affected.
Burglary in the "Singer Laren" museum, closed due to Corona, "theft of us all"
"This is a theft of us all," says Andreas Blüm, the director of the Groninger Museum, his horror after the art theft . His colleague Jan Rudolph de Lorm agrees: "A wonderful and moving painting by one of our greatest artists has been stolen, taken from the community," said the director of the "Singer Laren" museum in a statement transmitted on the Internet and adds assumed that he was " shocked and incredibly angry ".
The reactions after the spectacular robbery of art in the "Green Vault" looked similar when burglars managed to steal priceless jewels. Theft of millions from museums is by no means uncommon.