Picasso, Matisse, Monet Works Stolen in Huge Heist

Several paintings lifted from Kunsthal Museum

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 16, 2012 7:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Several paintings have been stolen in an overnight break-in at a Dutch museum, including a Picasso, a Matisse, and two Monets, the BBC reports. The Kunsthal Museum has no permanent collection, and is currently showing works by more than 150 famous artists as part of the Triton Foundation's 20th anniversary celebrations—the first time the foundation's entire collection had been on display. The museum is closed today, and police are reviewing security video and looking for witnesses.

Police officers guard a cordoned off area at the rear side of the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, Tuesday Oct. 16, 2012.
Police officers guard a cordoned off area at the rear side of the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, Tuesday Oct. 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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