Thieves steal several paintings from Dutch museum housing Picasso and Van Gogh works

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:34 EDT
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A woman looks at pictures of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso taken while he was painting his "Woman's Head" (L) during the Picasso_Duchamp "He was wrong" exhibition at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm via AFP
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Several paintings of considerable value were stolen from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal museum where works by world-renowned 19th and 20th century artists including Picasso and Van Gogh hang, police said Tuesday.

“There was a break-in during the night and a few paintings were taken that represent a considerable sum,” Rotterdam police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels told AFP.

“A major investigation is underway and forensics are at the scene,” she said, adding that “for several reasons we can’t say yet which works are concerned or which artists.”

“We’re investigating how they got access, what time it happened and who did it,” Wessels said.

The museum is showing works from the Triton Foundation as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Marcel Duchamp and Piet Mondriaan, according to its website.

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