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1. Wide of museum exterior, police tape cordoning off access to the museum, forensic investigator in distance
2. Police standing inside cordoned off area
3. Forensic investigator with camera by side door to museum
4. Wide of police standing inside cordoned off area
5. Forensic investigator with camera by side door to museum
6. Media photographers just outside cordoned off area
7. Museum exterior and cordoned off area
Several paintings have been stolen from a Dutch museum exhibiting works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Vincent van Gogh.
State news agency NOS said a Matisse painting called “The Reading Girl” was among those taken during the heist at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam.
Dutch police say that the stolen paintings include one by Picasso, one by Matisse, and two by Claude Monet.
Also stolen were works by Lucian Freud, Paul Gauguin, and Meyer de Haan.
The heist is believed to have taken place in the early hours of Tuesday.
The heist, one of the largest in years in the Netherlands, occurred while the private Triton Foundation collection was being
exhibited publicly as a group for the first time.
The collection was on display as part of celebrations surrounding the Kunsthal’s 20th anniversary celebrations.
The museum is a display space that has no permanent collection of its own – the name means “art gallery” in Dutch.
The Triton Foundation is a collection of avant-garde art.
The Kunsthal exhibition was showing its works by more than 150 famed artists, including Alexander Calder, Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Edgar Degas, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Rene Magritte, Claude Monet, August Rodin and Andy Warhol, among others.
The presentation was the first time the entire collection had been exhibited together.
In a statement, the museum’s chairman said the museum would be closed on Tuesday and referred all questions to the police.
Police declined to give more details as the investigation was still getting under way.
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