Michener Art Museum Presents Tales from the FBI’s Real Indiana Jones


DOYLESTOWN, PA.- One night in May, five paintings were stolen from the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris . What were the thief, or thieves, thinking when they walked off with a Picasso, a Matisse, a Braque, a Modigliani and a Leger? Did they plan to sell these paintings, whose heist was widely reported, or did they hope to place them on the mantel and gaze lovingly? Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” has been stolen, and recovered, twice, and in 2005 three more of his paintings were taken from the Munch Museum in Oslo , Norway . Artwork by Caravaggio, Dali, Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh – have all been subjects of theft at major, well-guarded museums. According to the FBI’s Art Theft Program website, losses from this looming criminal enterprise can run as high as $6 billion annually. And one major art heist from 1990 has yet to be solved: Thieves disguised as police officers handcuffed security guards and stole $500 million worth of art, including a Ve