Monday, January 09, 2012

Athens Art Theft

Paintings by Picasso and Mondrian were stolen from the National Art Gallery in Athens today.  Art Theft Central's Mark Durney says Greece's Culture and Tourism Ministry "has seen its budget cut by 35% since 2009" and wonders if "perhaps, the new austerity measures and workers’ reactions to the budget cuts contributed to the ineffectiveness of the museum’s security system and practices."