In a brazen early morning theft, seven prominent paintings easily worth over $100 million have been stolen from the exhibition Avante-Gardes at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, Holland. The list of stolen paintings reads like a who’s who of modern painters with works by Monet, Gauguin, Picasso, Matisse, and Freud among those stolen. The paintings were part of an exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Triton Foundation.
In the autumn of 2012, in the year of its twentieth anniversary, the Kunsthal Rotterdam is to present a remarkable exhibition entitled ‘Avant-Gardes’, comprising works from the Triton Foundation collection. This exhibition marks the very first public showing of the carefully and lovingly assembled Triton Collection. Over the last twenty years, this private collection has developed into one with an international reputation and which comprises representative works by the most important and influential artists of the late nineteenth century to the present day.
While such a daring theft appears to be the work of professionals, probably to order, what is interesting is the inclusion of a work by Meyer de Hahn who is lesser known than most of the other artists whose works were stolen. With other multi million dollar works by popular artists such as Cezanne and the red hot Richter also included in the exhibition, the Meyer de Hahn may provide the crucial clue as to who ordered the heist.
List of Stolen Works
De Haan, Autoportrait (circa 1889-91)
Freud, Woman with Eyes Closed (2002)
Gauguin, Femme Devant une Fenetre Ouverte, Dite la Fiancé (1888)
Matisse, La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune (1919)
Monet, Waterloo Bridge, London (1901)
Monet, Charing Cross Bridge, London (1901)
Picasso, Tete d’Arlequin (1971)