Friday, April 28, 2017

Hope for Chácara do Céu Museum Art Theft and Gardner Museum Art Theft


Summary: Vincent Van Gogh Museum art theft recoveries give Chácara do Céu Museum art theft and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft casualties hope.


Rio de Janeiro's Museu da Chácara do Céu (Chácara do Céu Museum), site of Feb. 24, 2006, theft of four artworks: Ministério da Cultura do Brasil, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft March 18, 1990, anticipated the Vincent Van Gogh Museum art theft Dec. 7, 2002, and the Chácara do Céu Museum art theft Feb. 24, 2006.
A foray into art museum history brings up ominous foreshadowing in 1970 in Massachusetts, May 3, 1989, in Brazil and April 15, 1991, in The Netherlands. The dates call up thefts of the same Rembrandt self-portrait in 1970 and 1990 and of the same Dalí and Matisse oils in 1989 and 2006. They draw upon similar means as their successors: deceiving on-duty security guards in Boston, demonstrating armed force in Rio de Janeiro, devising after-hours access in Amsterdam.
The three precursor thefts experienced timely endings within their respective event cities, unlike the ongoing, unsolved thefts in Rio, Boston and, until Sept. 25, 2016, Amsterdam.

Salvador Dalí's Two Balconies (Portuguese: Os Dois Balcões), 1929 oil on wood stolen during Chácara do Céu Museum 2006 art theft: Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via FBI

Suspected art theft perpetrators and stolen artwork controllers found the Amsterdam, Boston and Rio museums functioning without insurance policies due to the prohibitive cost of premiums. Harold Smith (Feb. 7, 1926-Feb. 19, 2005), world-famous independent fine arts claims adjuster, gave a $3 million price tag to completely underwritten Gardner collections for 2005. He had alternate, same-year figures of $10,000 to $50,000 in annual premiums for prioritized underwriting honed to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum yearly budgets of $2.8 million.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, included in AGNSW museum history an art theft casualty June 10, 2007, and, unusually, insurance coverage. The $2 million in contributions and insurance jumped the AGNSW over the post-theft financial pressures that jeopardize operating costs and security systems in Boston and Rio.

Henri Matisse's Luxembourg Garden (Portuguese: Jardim de Luxemburgo), 1905 oil on canvas stolen during Chácara do Céu Museum 2006 art theft: Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via FBI

The AGNSW and the Chácara do Céu, Gardner and Van Gogh Museum art theft experiences keynote the dual importance of insurance coverage and of security systems.
Art sleuth Smith listed among Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft vulnerabilities side entrances unprotected by a second door, unenclosed watch rooms and unsecured telephone lines. Burglar alarms, motion detectors and security cameras made no difference when mangled during the armed, daytime Chácara do Céu Museum art theft and Gardner third-shift experiences. They nurtured similar roadblocks when after-hours access nudged Vincent Van Gogh Museum art theft suspects through a roof hole and out a window before police arrivals.
Alarms, cameras and detectors operate at a disadvantage when coverage occurs in some rooms and not others, as in the case of the AGNSW art theft.

Claude Monet's Marine (Portuguese: Marinha), 1880-1980 oil on canvas stolen during Chácara do Céu Museum 2006 art theft: Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via FBI

The 1970 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft suspect perplexed a guard with bagged, smashed light bulbs and pockets Rembrandt's postage stamp-sized self-portrait for several months. The 1989 Chácara do Céu Museum art theft qualified as an even shorter extraction with arrests in Praia de Botafogo and artwork recoveries within three weeks. Two American English-speaking 1991 Vincent Van Gogh Museum art theft suspects removed 20 paintings recovered 36 minutes later from garment bags in an abandoned Volkswagen Passat.
The 2002 Vincent Van Gogh Museum art theft recovery in Italy Sept. 25, 2016, and restoration for public Amsterdam viewings March 21, 2017, support happy endings. Van Gogh Museum Director Axel Rueger's words, "The children are safely returned now and they really are safe," tell Boston, Rio and Sydney to tweak hopefulness.

Pablo Picasso's Dance (Portuguese: A Dança), 1956 oil on canvas stolen during Chácara do Céu Museum 2006 art theft: Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via FBI

Acknowledgment
My special thanks to talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the internet.

Image credits:
Rio de Janeiro's Museu da Chácara do Céu (Chacara do Céu Museum), site of Feb. 24, 2006, theft of four artworks: Ministério da Cultura do Brasil, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Museu_da_Ch%C3%A1cara_do_C%C3%A9u_01.jpg?uselang=pt
Salvador Dalí's Two Balconies (Portuguese: Os Dois Balcões), 1929 oil on wood stolen during Chácara do Céu Museum 2006 art theft: Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via FBI @ https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/art-theft/fbi-top-ten-art-crimes/theft-museu-chacara-do-ceu-rio-de-janeiro
Henri Matisse's Luxembourg Garden (Portuguese: Jardim de Luxemburgo), 1905 oil on canvas stolen during Chácara do Céu Museum 2006 art theft: Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via FBI @ https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/art-theft/fbi-top-ten-art-crimes/theft-museu-chacara-do-ceu-rio-de-janeiro
Claude Monet's Marine (Portuguese: Marinha), 1880-1980 oil on canvas stolen during Chácara do Céu Museum 2006 art theft: Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via FBI @ https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/art-theft/fbi-top-ten-art-crimes/theft-museu-chacara-do-ceu-rio-de-janeiro
Pablo Picasso's Dance (Portuguese: A Dança), 1956 oil on canvas stolen during Chácara do Céu Museum 2006 art theft: Federal Bureau of Investigation Art Crime Team, Public Domain, via FBI @ https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/art-theft/fbi-top-ten-art-crimes/theft-museu-chacara-do-ceu-rio-de-janeiro

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