In my daily review of the Arts section of The New York Times, a habit that I tried hard to actually not do but was recommended to me by my Art Law Professor, I noticed this interesting technique of stealing valuable art works– stealing them in broad daylight!
Two Picasso prints were stolen by three armed robbers from a museum in São Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday, The Associated Press reported. Along with the Picasso prints, “Minotaur, Drinker and Women” from 1933 and “The Painter and the Model” from 1963, the thieves took paintings by two Brazilian artists — “Couple” by Lasar Segall and “Women in the Window,” above, by Emiliano Di Cavalcanti — from the Pinacoteca do Estado museum. The works were estimated to be worth a combined $612,000. The robbers paid the museum’s entrance fee of $2.45 and then overpowered guards to take the framed works. In December another Picasso, “Portrait of Suzanne Boch,” and a painting by the Brazilian artist Candido Portinari were stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art after men used a crowbar and car jack to force open the museum’s doors. The paintings from that robbery were later found leaning against a house on the outskirts of the city.
All things considered… maybe they deserve those art works. It takes some serious cajones to pull that off in daylight, after all. They say Sao Paolo is a nice place to visit once, get a sense of adventure, then leave. In any event, it’s just wealth redistribution at the hands of the people. Theft in broad daylight. Reminds me of some government agencies. 🙂