Athens, 20 January 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Three Master Paintings have been stolen from the Greek National Gallery in Athens during the night of 8-9 January 2012.
The three paintings include Tête de femme (1939) by Picasso, Le Moulin (1905), a work by Mondrian and a work by 17th century Italian artist Guglielmo Caccia. The three works were on display as part of a temporary exhibition entitled “Hidden treasures of the National Gallery”, the last exhibition before the gallery closes for renovation.
According to the latest information from the enquiry, the theft took less than seven minutes to carry out. The Greek Police believe that the perpetrators were highly organised, and comparisons have been drawn between this theft and that which took place at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris in 2010. The thief(ves) succeeded in distracting the guard, who thought that the security system was malfunctioning and so shut it down. They entered the Museum via a window and took four works from their frames. Finally alerted to the presence of the intruder(s) by a movement detector, the guard attempted and failed to apprehend the theif(ves), who lost one of the works, a Mondrian, in making their escape.