Egypt Culture Chief, Farouk Hosni, Sleepless Over Van Gogh Theft


CAIRO (REUTERS).- Egypt’s culture minister blamed “incompetent” security staff for the theft of a $55 million Van Gogh painting from a Cairo museum and said worries for the safety of the country’s art treasures are depriving him of sleep. “I feel like I am working alone and that I alone spend time thinking of how to manage cultural affairs,” the minister Farouk Hosni told daily paper al-Masry al-Youm on Tuesday. “I can’t work with these incompetent employees,” he said. “I’m tired and I can’t sleep, because I wake up in the middle of the night fearing for the artifacts and the museums.” The painting, known as “Poppy Flower” according to a statement in Arabic, was stolen on Saturday morning from Cairo’s Mahmoud Khalil Museum, home to one of the Middle East’s finest collections of 19th- and 20th-