Considered one of Switzerland’s largest museums is lacking a pair of previous grasp artworks after sending them out for cleansing final yr.
In a assertion shared this week, the Kunsthaus Zürich reported that two Seventeenth-century work—Robert van den Hoecke’s Troopers within the Camp (no date) and Dirck de Bray’s Daffodils and Different Flowers in a Glass Vase on a Marble Slab (1673)—are presently “untraceable.” An inner search has led the establishment to suspect that the artworks might have been stolen moderately than misplaced.
“Since theft can now not be dominated out,” the assertion learn, “Kunsthaus filed a grievance towards unknown individuals, and the police requested to start out an investigation on January 13.”
The 2 small, framed items have been painted on oak and given to the museum by way of everlasting loans from collectors. Each have been among the many 700-some artworks that the Kunsthaus Zürich moved off its premises for restoration work final yr following a hearth that occurred within the museum on the evening of August 2.
“For generations, collectors have trusted the Kunsthaus with their treasures,” mentioned the establishment’s director, Ann Demeester, noting that “nearly three-quarters” of the museum’s holdings got here by long-term loans or personal presents.
“The likelihood that, regardless of nice security precautions, works are presently to not be discovered [has] shaken us,” the director defined. Along with finding the absent artworks, Demeester mentioned the museum’s objective is to be taught from the incident.
The Kunsthaus has established a disaster administration group to help within the restoration effort and the 2 lacking work have been submitted to the Artwork Loss Register, a world database of misplaced and stolen artwork.
In the meantime, the museum has opened its personal investigation into the matter.
“Our work doesn’t finish with the involvement of the police,” Demeester added. She mentioned that the “Kunsthaus group is in shut contact with all these affected” and that “we [will] hold eyes and ears open if the works are nonetheless in the home.”
Representatives from the Kunsthaus Zürich didn’t instantly reply to Artnet Information’ request for an replace on the case. All different artworks the museum despatched out for cleansing have been positioned.
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